Let's put mental health and wellbeing at the heart of children's school experience
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.
Literacy, numeracy and other academic achievements are still seen as the key markers of success, yet young people are facing unprecedented pressures in their lives, which are contributing to mental health problems including anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders.
More than one in 10 children (11%) responded to our YouGov survey saying that they have no one to talk to at school if they are feeling worried or sad. With more and more young people struggling to cope with their mental health, now is the time to put emotional wellbeing at the heart of children’s school experience.
Policy and advocacy
Our policy and advocacy work calls on national and local government to reduce the factors known to pose a risk to people’s mental health, enhance those known to protect it and create the conditions needed for people to thrive.
Families, Children and Young People
Forming a family and parenting is an important part of life, with many changes taking place. Both mothers’ and fathers’ mental health may be affected during this transition, which may influence their child’s mental health. Find out more about some of the programmes we run around families, children and young people and how to protect their mental health.