More and more schoolchildren are struggling to cope with their mental health.
Good mental health is fundamental to being able to thrive in life. If we’re not tackling mental health problems early, then we risk failing the next generation right at the start of their lives.
With more and more schoolchildren struggling to cope with their mental health, we are campaigning to ensure every child in the UK receives an education with mental health at its heart.
We know there is no singular way for schools to provide such an environment. To make them mentally healthy places for all who attend and work in them, we need to pursue a “whole-school” approach to prevention.
Teachers, leadership, the curriculum, children and access to support all contribute to creating a mentally healthy, nurturing environment for children and young people. We are calling on the government and schools to address all these elements to deliver effective change.
Our top five asks
Let’s guarantee all school children a minimum of one hour a week of the new Health Education curriculum focused on how to stay mentally well and seek help, delivered by well-trained teachers.
Let’s help school leaders understand what works by introducing a mental wellbeing measure in schools.
The Department for Education is currently consulting on the new Health Education curriculum for schools and we believe that now is the time to prevent a growing crisis in children’s mental health.
- More than 1 in 10 children aged 10 to 15 say they have no one to talk to or wouldn’t talk to anyone in school if they feel worried or sad. This is the same proportion of children who have a diagnosable mental health problem.
- Research shows that 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% are established by age 24.
- Young people in the UK are dealing with high levels of stress. This is largely due to pressure to succeed, body image and exams.
Guides for pupils, parents and teachers
Make it Count: Guide for pupils
This guide is for children and young people. It has some advice on how to keep yourself mentally healthy. Staying mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy.
Make it Count: Guide for parents and carers
This guide is for parents and carers to help children understand, protect and sustain their mental health.
Make it Count: Guide for teachers
This guide is for teachers to help them create a classroom and school environment where children can thrive with good mental health.
What we are doing
Make it Count: Policy briefing
Young people continue to be judged on academic performance with much less regard for their mental health and wellbeing and the nurturing and development of their emotional intelligence.
Podcast: Children's mental health and our Make it Count campaign
Jane Caro, Associate Director of Programmes (Families, Children and Young People), discusses children's mental health and our Make it Count campaign for World Mental Health Day 2018.
Peer Education Project (PEP)
The Peer Education Project (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.