Mental Health and Resilience Resources for Staff

We know that more than half of adults with a mental health disorder were diagnosed before they reached 14, so it is vital that we help children to understand their mental health and wellbeing, and that we help build their resilience so that they are better able to cope with life.

This section includes CPD resources to help staff understand mental health issues, risk factors, supporting resilience and what they can do to help. Many staff support students with a range of mental health issues. When staff don’t have knowledge in this area and find it difficult to access external support, it can be extremely stressful and worrying. These resources have been designed to support staff for these reasons. There are also a few resources to support staff mental health as it is essential that staff receive the help they need too.

The Resources

Please note that the below resources have been designed for staff either to go through individually or as part of staff training on mental health and resilience.

Before Using These Resources

  • Do ensure that you are familiar with the resources before you use them.
  • Do tailor the session and resources for the group; some slides may need to be removed or edited depending on the age of the learners you teach.
  • Do ensure that staff have gone through this staff CPD section and advice provided by Young Minds before delivering any support to young people or other staff. Many resources are accompanied by advice, notes and session outlines to support staff delivery of these often sensitive issues. Students and staff may be affected by topics you cover and it is essential to be fully aware of Young Minds’ advice and your school policies and procedures in these areas.
  • Do ensure you are aware of any needs within the group and talk to pastoral, inclusion or other staff as appropriate as required if necessary. Students or staff may have personal experience of some areas covered and it is important to be sensitive to this.
  • Do ensure that staff are aware of topic you are covering in the session before hand in case any topics are challenging for them. Please ensure they are aware of support procedures and staff within the school as necessary.