EDUCATION RESOURCES (Wellbeing)

Anti-racism and mental health in schools resources (Anna Freud)

Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Experiencing racism has significant mental health consequences for young people. That’s why all schools need to consider anti-racism as part of their whole-school approach to mental health. This set of 10 resources is designed around our 5 Steps framework, which supports educators to create a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. There are resources for reviewing and writing policies, improving staff knowledge and confidence, and supporting students and staff who experience racism. The resources can be worked through as a full set, but they can also be used individually, depending on which areas are current priorities for your school.

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Anxiety thermometer

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

A useful strategy to help children deal with anxiety is for them to become aware of what level their anxiety is. If they can develop an understanding of their anxiety or worries, then this is the first step in learning strategies to manage or cope better. Anxiety can be triggered by different situations, and so using this tool can also help children recognise what situations make them feel more anxious or worried than others.

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Building connections Year 6 lesson plan: Pupils explore the meaning of loneliness and connection

Key Stage 2

Developed with teachers, this lesson supports pupils to understand that it’s normal to feel lonely, but there are strategies they can use to safely build connections with family, friends and their community. Pupils also think about how they can look out for others who might be feeling lonely.

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Emotional Check-in

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

This written resource supports children and young people not only express their feelings but identify why they are feeling a particular way. When these feelings are positive children can refer back to activities that took place that day to help them practice self care. The resource can also be used to support conversation with children and young people on strategies to improve wellbeing, alongside being shared with parents and carers for a further insight into their child’s thoughts and feelings.

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Headspace for Educators

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2

Whether you’re feeling inspired to connect more with your students or you’re looking for a new way to bring calm to your classroom, Headspace can help students build healthy habits that last a lifetime. Better focus, less stress, and happier thoughts are just a few minutes away.

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What is mental health stigma?

Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

This PowerPoint features a young person sharing their story and explores the impact of mental health stigma on young people. This resource was created by the Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination. It introduces young people to the concept of mental health stigma and discrimination, sharing examples they may have come across in everyday life. It then looks at the impact this may have on those with mental health issues.

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