Mental health and wellbeing

Elizabeth Holmes

Why teacher mental health matters – and how to improve it

With a third of the teaching workforce predicted to leave the profession by 2020, Elizabeth Holmes explores the links between positive mental health, productivity and retention. To think too much is a disease. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and sadly, mental health is...
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Sara Boomsma

Anxiety: a growing epidemic?

The pressure placed on pupils today is ever mounting. Expectations and social pressures leave some pupils unable to cope. Here are some top tips for supporting pupils with anxiety. The pressure placed on pupils today is ever mounting. Expectations surrounding academic achievement, coupled with...
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Sara Boomsma

Let’s talk about mental health

For Children’s Mental Health Week, two colleagues share their experiences of having friends and family with mental health difficulties. Sara’s story This important week has made me reflect on my own experiences of being a sibling of someone with mental health difficulties, and why it is always...
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Elizabeth Holmes

Staff wellbeing: avoiding burnout in the run-up to Christmas

The festive season is upon us, and whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there’s no doubt that reaching this point in the school year can be an exhausting experience. Elizabeth Holmes outlines research from City University on the importance of taking a break over the holidays, to ensure staff...
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Katie Renton

Equipping your staff to support mental health needs

A healthy mind is an essential ingredient for a young person’s development. Ensure your staff are trained to know the triggers and to support pupils in need. Children and young people face many challenges in their developing years. Navigating their way through societal pressures, stress and...
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Elizabeth Holmes

A toolkit for teachers for supporting mental health

Natasha Devon explains how schools can best equip teachers for the rigours of supporting young people who are suffering. In part one of this conversation we explored the prevalence of mental health distress in children and young people and how the teaching profession may respond to that. What might...
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Elizabeth Holmes

Championing wellbeing with Natasha Devon

Charged with helping to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around young people’s mental health, Natasha Devon MBE was named as the government’s mental health champion for schools. Elizabeth Holmes finds out more. Natasha Devon is seen as an inspiration to many young people. As founder of the...
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Gareth D Morewood

Strategies for responding to stress

Gareth Morewood examines self-control and stress models that can influence how you manage challenging behaviour. Two weeks ago I attended a three day International Health and Wellbeing Conference , hosted by Studio III , with one of our speech and language therapists. The event focused on taking a...
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Evie Prysor-Jones

Strategies for identifying and supporting stress in our pupils

Stress and mental health difficulties continue to cause havoc on the wellbeing of pupils. Learn strategies to enable staff to identify issues and practical approaches to support and aid recovery. Stress is a commonly used word in today’s vocabulary; at some point all of us will have cried ‘the...
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Gareth D Morewood

Mental health as a whole-school concern

In a school environment it is not just the pupils who may suffer mental health issues. Gareth D. Morewood reminds us that supporting staff through stressful situations is equally important. It has been reported recently that pupils' mental health tops headteachers' concerns . However, I think it is...
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