Children and Young People’s
Mental Health and Wellbeing

A Professional Learning Resource For All School Staff

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The Mental Health Foundation ScotlandDigital Bricks Learning and Children’s Health Scotland have created a Professional Learning Resource for Scottish Government in Mental Health and Wellbeing. It has been designed for all staff working in schools across Scotland. It is open access and available to anyone who may find it of benefit.

The resource takes a whole school approach centred around prevention and early intervention to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the school community. It aims to provide school staff with knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in schools and a range of opportunities to learn about experiences and advice from practitioners and young people.

There are four main sections split into bitesize topics. The core content should take around 6-7 hours to complete and there are suggestions for further learning. Learners can move through topics at their own time and pace in any order.

  • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • The Mental Health Continuum
  • Understanding Emotions
  • Talking to Children and Young People about Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Factors Influencing Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Understanding the Brain
  • Understanding Trauma and Adversity
  • Health Conditions
  • Sleep
  • Digital Technology and Social Media
  • Body Image
  • Introduction to Applying Prevention Based Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools
  • Building Resilience
  • Letting Pupils Lead
  • Facilitating Group Conversations about Mental Health
  • Understanding Diversity and Discrimination
  • Creating a Stigma Free School
  • Working with Families and Communities
  • Supporting Children and Young People to Manage a Mental Health Crisis
  • Self Harm and Suicide Awareness
  • School Staff Wellbeing