Introduction

Supporting mental health in schools is essential; statistically 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 will have a diagnosable mental health disorder. This means that in a typical classroom (ie 30 pupils) there are likely to be on average three pupils in the class who have a mental health disorder. In addition, many more pupils in the same class are likely to be struggling with stress and anxiety, relating to their school and /or home lives.

In 2014, YoungMinds consulted with over 5000 young people to find out from them the sorts of problems they were facing in their daily lives; the biggest issue was reported as school stress. 84% of the young people surveyed stated that schools should be helping them with this by explicitly teaching them how to cope when life gets tough. Research shows that more than half of the adults with a diagnosed mental health disorder received this diagnosis before they reached the age of 14. Therefore, it is vital that we help children early on in their education to monitor their own mental health and wellbeing and ensure they develop the resilience needed to better cope with life in this ever changing world in which they live.

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people by ensuring these issues are placed firmly on the public, professional and political agenda. They achieve this though the provision of research, training and development, lobbying, influencing policy and campaigning. Driven by the experiences of children, young people, parents and carers, they raise awareness and provide expert knowledge through our professional networks, commissioned projects, participation and outreach work, publications and website. We are delighted to provide these resources to the LGfL and TRUSTnet community in partnership with Young Minds.