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Emotionally Healthy Schools Resource Pack

Introduction

This resource pack has been developed as part of North Tyneside’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy. The vision of the strategy is that all children, young people and their families in North Tyneside will achieve their optimum mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Everyone must work together to achieve the vision, which means: 

  • children and young people helping themselves and their friends 
  • families supporting themselves and being supported by others when appropriate
  • schools supporting their students
  • all those working with children to have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support them effectively, particularly the most vulnerable
  • all specialist support being easy to access and built around children, young people and families

While the majority of our children and young people will not experience mental health problems, a significant number will and they need good and timely support. During the strategy consultation, our schools and local families reported growing concerns about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.  

Both schools and parents said that they would like to understand how to support young people with their emotional wellbeing and also be able to recognise when they might be at risk of emerging problems or need additional support. This resource pack aims to help schools promote positive mental health in their pupils and identify and address those with less severe problems at an early stage and build their resilience.   

What difference can schools make?

How well does our school promote emotional wellbeing for all pupils and is there anything we could be doing better?

This is your starting point, complete the checklist to give an overview of how emotionally healthy your school is currently. Refer to the list of guidance and resources to develop key actions to take forward.

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How can children and young people look after themselves?

Helping children and young people to take control over how they think or feel can make a real difference to their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

This list of resources provides information and advice that can be shared and posted on your website for children, young people and families.

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What skills and training do staff need?

Helping staff to develop their skills and confidence will enable them to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

This mental health and emotional wellbeing training programme brings together a range of courses available to you.

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Where can you go for help and support?

With good mental health children and young people do better in every way. A whole range of approaches, services and interventions can support mental health and emotional wellbeing.

This section aims to give an overview of what support schools can offer, what other help is available and how to access specialist services when appropriate.

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