Mental health resources for schools, parents, caregivers and young people

Explore all our resources designed to assist schools, education staff, parents, children and young people look after their mental health.

Schools packs

Our school's pack include everything you need to discuss mental health topics in school, including guides for teachers, pupils and caregivers and lesson and assembly slides.

Loneliness: Finding our connections to feel less lonely

This pack explores what loneliness is, how it can affect our mental health, and the different ways we can connect with ourselves, others and the world around us to feel less lonely.

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More about the loneliness school pack

Nature: Connecting with the world around us

The pack explores how connecting with nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing, how we all have different levels of access to nature and the different ways we can all connect with nature in our own way.

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More about the nature school pack

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies

This pack explores what body image is, why it is essential for wellbeing, what factors can affect body image, and how we can develop a good body image.

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More about the body image school pack

Sleep: Finding our confidence with sleep

This pack explores what sleep is and how important it is for our mental health and wellbeing, what good sleep is the factors that affect it, and how we can promote good sleep for ourselves.

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More about the sleep school pack

Kindness: Why Kindness Matters

This pack explores what kindness is and the emotions connected to it, how kindness can benefit our own and others’ mental health and well-being and the different ways we can show kindness to ourselves and others.

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More about the kindness school pack

More resources for schools

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Wellbeing and Fundraising Schools Pack

Our well-being and schools fundraising pack is designed to give young people 8 Top Tips for managing their well-being and mental health.

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Wear it Green Day fundraising pack

Wear it Green Day is our flagship school’s fundraising event for Mental Health Awareness week, but you can hold one at any time of the year.

Peer Education Project (PEP)

PEP is a secondary school-based educational programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health and that of their peers.

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Resources for education staff

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Rethinking Rest Guide
Rethinking Rest Guide
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Webinar: Prioritising your mental health and wellbeing as school staff
Webinar: Prioritising your mental health and wellbeing as school staff

Loneliness - A guide for teachers and education staff

This guide, developed in partnership with Education Support, explores the concept of loneliness, what it is, the different types of loneliness, and some ways to support ourselves and our peers.

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Loneliness: Finding our connections to feel less lonely

This guide for school staff explores what loneliness is, how it can affect our mental health, and the different ways we can support pupils to connect with themselves, others and the world around them to feel less lonely.

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Kindness: Why Kindness Matters

This guide explores what kindness is and the emotions connected to it, how kindness can benefit our own and others’ mental health and well-being and how we can support pupils to show kindness to themselves and others.

Download the guide

Future Learn: Body Image and Mental Health Online Course

An online course explores how body image affects children and young people, its impact on mental health, and how to support children and young people to develop and maintain healthy body image within a professional setting.

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Sleep: Finding our confidence with sleep

This guide for school staff explores what sleep is and how important it is for our mental health and wellbeing, what good sleep is and the factors that affect it, and the ways we can support pupils to promote good sleep for themselves.

Download the guide

Nature: Connecting with the world around us

This guide for school staff explores how connecting with nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing and the different ways we can all connect with nature, in the classroom and across the school.

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Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies

This guide for school staff explores what body image is, why it is essential for wellbeing, what factors can affect body image, and how we can support pupils to develop a good body image.

Download the guide

Resources for parents and caregivers

A young parent guide to loneliness

The Mental Health Foundation and The Lullaby Trust have developed this top tip guide to support young parents who may feel lonely.

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Loneliness: Finding our connections to feel less lonely

This guide explores what loneliness is, how it can affect our mental health, and the different ways we can support our children and young people to connect with themselves, others and the world around them to feel less lonely.

Download the guide

Nature: Connecting with the world around us

This guide explores how connecting with nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing, how we all have different levels of access to nature, and how we can support our children and young people to connect with nature in their own way.

Download the guide

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies

This guide explores what body image is, why it is essential for wellbeing, what factors can affect body image, and how we can support our children and young people to develop a good body image.

Download the guide

Sleep: Finding our confidence with sleep

This guide explores what sleep is and how important it is for our mental health and wellbeing, what good sleep is, the factors that affect it, and the different ways we can support our children and young people to promote good sleep for themselves.

Download the guide

Kindness: Why Kindness Matters

This guide explores what kindness is and the emotions that are connected to it, how kindness can benefit our own and others’ mental health and well-being and the different ways we can support our children and young people to show kindness to themselves and others.

Download the guide

Time for Us

A resource developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, designed for anyone with caring responsibilities for children and young people, provides some practical activities to help start conversations about our feelings and mental health.

Download the guide

Resources for children, young people and young adults

Top Tips: Looking after yourselves during exams

Here are some top tips to help you look after yourselves and support your wellbeing during exams.

Loneliness: Finding our connections to feel less lonely

This guide explores what loneliness is, how it can affect our mental health, and the different ways we can connect with ourselves, others and the world around us to feel less lonely.

Nature: Connecting with the world around us

This guide explores how connecting with nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing and some top tips on how we can connect with nature.

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies

This guide explores what body image is, why it is essential for wellbeing, what can affect body image, and some top tips on how we can develop a good body image.

Sleep: Finding our confidence with sleep

This guide explores what sleep is and how important it is for our mental health and wellbeing, what good sleep is and what can affect it, and some top tips on the different ways we can have good sleep for ourselves.

Kindness: Why Kindness Matters

This guide explores what kindness is and the feelings that are connected to it, how kindness can benefit our own and others’ mental health and well-being and some top tips on the different ways we can show kindness to ourselves and others.

A student guide to loneliness

It explores loneliness and the links to mental health. It provides tips for students with ideas on how to get involved and raise awareness in communities, at school, college or university.

Healthy Relationships

For this campaign, we partnered with Fastn and Leaders Unlocked to talk to young people about what's important, how they recognise, build and maintain healthy relationships, and how relationships impact mental health.

#BehindtheBooks

The #BehindtheBooks university campaign aims to help uni students talk about their mental health, realise when they’re struggling, and provide tips on coping and normalising uni life's ups and downs.

What’s up with everyone?

A hub of advice on how to cope with perfectionism, loneliness and isolation, independence, social media, competitiveness and how to seek help.

Colleges and Universities Wellbeing and Fundraising Pack

Our well-being and fundraising pack aims to provide students with our '9 Top Tips' for managing their wellbeing and mental health. We have also included some fundraising ideas for them to take part in.

Support

Support for school staff

Education Support – Education Support provides mental health and wellbeing support to teachers and education staff in schools, colleges and universities. Call free on 08000 562 561 to speak to a qualified counsellor. They will offer you immediate, confidential emotional support.

Support for parents and caregivers

In England and Wales, contact Family Lives.

In Scotland, contact Children 1st Parentline.

In Northern Ireland, contact Parentline NI.

Across the UK, you can contact Family Action’s Family Line – they specialise in supporting parents facing complex issue.

Young Mind’s Parent Helpline and Webchat provides advice and support for parents and caregivers who are worried about a child or young person.

Little Lullaby – a service of The Lullaby Trust, provides a space where young parents and parents-to-be can chat, tell their story and support each other through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Find out more about Little Lullaby and how you can get involved (PDF).

Support for children, young people and young adults

The Mix – a UK-based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25. Young people can get support from the trained team, either by phone, webchat, or email.

Shout 85258 – a free, confidential, 24/7 text-messaging support service.

Samaritans – a UK-based charity that provides support at any time, from any phone for free. Call free on 116 123 or email [email protected].

Young Minds is a mental health charity for children, young people and their parents, making sure all young people can get the mental health support they need. They offer advice and resources on their website.

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to speak to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. Or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online. They also offer advice and resources on their website.