Mental Health and Resilience Activities for Young People

We know that more than half of the adults with a diagnosed mental health disorder received this diagnosis before they reached the age of 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 resources for an assembly or workshop on ‘Mental Health and Resilience’. In addition, there are a number of short activities that can be used directly with children and young people to help them to explore wellbeing and resilience and what can help us to build our resilience. Individual resources can be used as a one off with a class or can be used over a whole term with a focus on emotional wellbeing and resilience. These activities are designed for use with learners in KS3 and KS4 and some for use with upper KS2 (please judge what is appropriate for your cohort of pupils) and can be adapted for other young people as required.

Further advice on approaching these areas can also be found within the Resilient Classroom pack and also the LGfL Wellbeing site.

The Resources

Please note that the below resources have been designed for young people attending Secondary schools. Please ensure you read the outline before you start.

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.