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Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils and colleagues.

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Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils and colleagues.
Emotion wheel
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Emotion wheel

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The emotion wheel can be used with children of all ages who are struggling to express their current feelings. By identifying an image they can convey their current feelings. Using the wheel regularly throughout the day will help children and young people see the changing nature of their feelings and can help reduce anxiety around feeling a certain way
Coronavirus: mental health & wellbeing toolkit
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Coronavirus: mental health & wellbeing toolkit

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A free toolkit with some resources and tips to help you address anxiety arising from the coronavirus (COVID-19). In this toolkit you will find: a booklet to support schools, videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children. #coronavirus #covid-19 #covid19mentalhealth
Mindfulness calendar: daily five minute activities
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Mindfulness calendar: daily five minute activities

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This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The simple, short activities encourage children to focus on what’s around them to find a sense of calm. These simple mindfulness activities are designed to help pupils relax physically and emotionally. Pupils should be encouraged to do them regularly with the support of an adult, and when confident can independently practice as part of their self care plan. This resource is designed for: children aged 3 and up use with individual children, small groups or whole classes The activities within the calendar will take approximately five minutes and can be done at home or in school. You can display this poster in your classroom or staff room, and use the accompany guidance for instructions on how to deliver the activities. You can run these activities whenever you like, for example at the start of lessons, or after playtime, to help ground and relax the children.
Getting to know me: KS2
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Getting to know me: KS2

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This activity allows pupils to set goals for the future academic year, reflect on themselves, their strengths and their weaknesses and practice letter writing. This “Getting to know me” activity includes an activity plan for teachers, a printable letter template for pupils to write a letter to their future selves and a printable envelope to put the letter in. There is one letter template for all pupils and one for pupils working at lower key stage 2 and for those with SEND. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
World Mental Health Day toolkit
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World Mental Health Day toolkit

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This toolkit has been specially designed for World Mental Health Day, and provides primary schools with a range of practical resources to help inform and boost wellbeing for pupils and staff. It includes : Posters Classroom activities Lesson plans Assembly plan Mindfulness exercises Tools and guidance Videos and animations For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Anxiety thermometer
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Anxiety thermometer

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Using a feelings thermometer is a great tool to help children recognise what feelings they might be experiencing in any given moment. 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. Using this resource This resource is designed to be used with an individual child, aged 7 or above. Prior to using this resource with a child, please read through our pages on anxiety, and guidance for delivering short activities, to ensure you have a good understanding of how to use the resources safely.
All about me
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All about me

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The activities, lesson plans and assembly plans in this toolkit - which meet the learning objectives for the PSHE curriculum - will help children to think about who they are as a person, recognise what they are good at, identify positives things about themselves, learn from their experiences and set goals. There are also activities to support staff wellbeing. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Internet Safety Toolkit
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Internet Safety Toolkit

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Download the Mentally Healthy Schools free toolkit about internet safety, packed full of practical teaching resources for primary school staff. The toolkit includes lesson plans, videos, quizzes, animations, assembly plans and information and guidance. It covers topics such as cyberbullying, gaming, social media, website use and other online risks. Find more resources at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Winter Wellbeing Toolkit
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Winter Wellbeing Toolkit

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Free, practical resources for primary schools, to help pupils feel calm and confident towards the end of Autumn term. There are also practical resources to boost staff wellbeing over the winter break, and a selection of free helplines and counselling services to signpost to for support. For more primary mental health resources visit www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk
Supporting Children with Anxiety - tools for parents
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Supporting Children with Anxiety - tools for parents

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The coronavirus lockdown has meant that children have spent a significantly increased amount of time with their families. Some may be feeling anxious about returning to school each day. We have created some tools to help you support your child with any anxiety they might be feeling, including top tips, an example action plan and some activities to support you and your child. Using this resource This resource is designed for: use by parents with their children There is a blank action plan included for you to fill in. You can work through these with your child so they feel informed about the return to school. This resource forms part of our rebuild and recover set of resources, designed to help schools come back together and support their pupils’ wellbeing after lockdown.
Separation Anxiety - Tips for Parents
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Separation Anxiety - Tips for Parents

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The next school term or year may feel unusual or strange for lots of children, but by working together, schools and parents can help to reduce any anxieties children may have. We have put together some quick tips and guidance for parents, to help support children’s transition back to school following Covid-19. Using this resource This resource is designed for use by: parents of primary-aged children This resource forms part of our rebuild and recover set of resources, designed to help schools come back together and support their pupils’ wellbeing after lockdown.
Resilience ladder
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Resilience ladder

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This resource teaches children about resilience and the steps they may need to take to achieve their goals. The ladder format is designed to break down goals into smaller, achievable steps, and develop a growth mindset in children. Breaking down a goal in this way helps children realise that it is how we process and deal with setbacks that let us develop resilience. This resource is designed for: children aged 4+ use with individual children The resource includes a blank resilience ladder for you to work through the child with, as well as an example that they can refer to if needed. For more resources, go to www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Coronavirus: resources for building resilience toolkit
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Coronavirus: resources for building resilience toolkit

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Our sixth coronavirus toolkit is full of resilience-building resources for children, school staff and parents and carers. When we experience sudden or unsettling change, one thing that can help us cope is resilience. Resilience helps us deal with the emotions a new situation may cause, and helps us bounce back from difficulties we might encounter. Being resilient is an emotional skill and is something we can develop and build, both as children and as adults. The resources in this toolkit are all about resilience and coping with change, which we hope will be useful for children, school staff and parents and carers alike. As some schools prepare to see more pupils return, building and nurturing resilience will be more important than ever. Suitable for: early years children Key Stage 1 pupils Key Stage 2 pupils school staff parents and carers. Find more coronavirus resources and toolkits on Mentally Healthy Schools.
Coronavirus toolkit - Resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing - Primary
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Coronavirus toolkit - Resources for managing anxiety and improving wellbeing - Primary

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This toolkit includes resources for school staff, parents and carers and children to help manage anxiety and improve wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis. You will find practical activities such as mindful crafts, breathing exercises and other self-care ideas, informative videos, emotional expression worksheets and helpful strategies to address anxiety. Suitable for: Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils, school staff, parents and carers. #coronavirus #covid19 #mentalhealth #wellbeing #anxiety
World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2020
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World Mental Health Day Toolkit 2020

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CELEBRATING DIFFERENCES: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY TOOLKIT The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘mental health for all’. In this toolkit, we’ve created and curated a set of resources focusing on inclusivity and celebrating our differences. The resources are designed to help you support your pupils who may need more help with their mental health, and celebrate the unique and different qualities each child brings to your school community. The toolkit is split into two sections: ‘The same but different’ resource set We’ve created a set of resources all about celebrating diversity and difference. There’s an assembly plan, tips from teachers, and three lesson plans for different age groups (children aged 4 to 5, 5 to 8 and 9 to 11). You can use these resources in the week leading up to World Mental Health Day, to help you create a mentally healthy culture in your school. Further resources to support diverse groups of children We have also collected together resources to be delivered to, or inform your work with, groups of children who may need more support with their mental health. There are resources included for: LGBTQ+ children Children from ethnic minority groups Refugee and asylum seeker children Looked-after children Young carers
Tools for managing emotions
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Tools for managing emotions

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These tools are designed to help children understand and manage their emotions and feelings, and stay calm and in control in the classroom. There are three tools included in this resource: a coping skills wheel, to give children different strategies for coping with difficult situations a strengths and weaknesses chart and control circle, to help children understand their own strengths and weaknesses and identify areas for development a focus plan, to help children stay calm and focused in the classroom Using this resource This resource is designed for: children aged 7 and up use with individual pupils Find more resources at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Coronavirus toolkit #3: mental health and wellbeing resources
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Coronavirus toolkit #3: mental health and wellbeing resources

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This free toolkit is our third coronavirus toolkit. It includes resources for school staff, as well as parents, to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time. #coronavirus #covid19 #covid-19
Transition passport
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Transition passport

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This passport activity encourages children to select and present their most relevant characteristics and features to share with their new teacher to support their transition. Transition activities are a great way to support children in the progression through their academic life. This passport activity will help their teacher understand more about their future students and their experiences in school. In light of the coronavirus crisis, many children may be unable to have the chance to complete their last year of school as planned. They may not be able to visit their new school and teachers as they would usually. We have made this resource editable to allow children to complete this digitally at home, so it can be sent electronically to their new teacher or school. Using the resource This resource is designed for use with: Children aged 5 to 11 With whole classes Find more activities at www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources
Coronavirus toolkit - return to school
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Coronavirus toolkit - return to school

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Schools and parents/carers can use these resources to prepare for the return to school in the autumn. Although some children have returned to school already, for many, the new autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this may be a strange or worrying time for some children, parents and carers, and schools. We know that supporting children’s mental wellbeing during the return to school is a key priority for many of you. We’ve collected together lots of useful resources in this toolkit, all focused on making sure the return to classrooms in the autumn is a mentally healthy one. We’ve split the list of resources into two: one section is full of resources for parents and carers, featuring activities and tips for how to prepare their child for re-starting school in September the other section is focused on resources for schools for use in the autumn term or when planning for the new school year.