"You need to have happy, content, well-rounded students for them to achieve well. You need a whole school sense that we talk about these problems openly."
If you want to work with young people to create an open, supportive culture around mental health, we have the resources to help you.
Assemblies and sessions are a powerful way of creating a whole school approach. We have a range of plans to help you spread the message to students and staff.
Our step-by-step toolkits and guides will walk you through how to rally against mental health stigma in your school or youth club and our posters and leaflets will help spread the word to students, staff and parents.
Session plans and short activities
Whether you've got 10 minutes, 25 minutes or 45 minutes, these ready-made session plans and activities will get your young people talking about mental health.
We have a range of posters, leaflets and tip cards that you can use around your school.
And whether you're running an organisation-wide Time to Change campaign or want a few freebies to put up around your school or youth club, you can also create, customise and download your own resources.
Supporting Young Campaigners
All across the country, groups of young people are inspired to change the way we think and act about mental health problems. These young leaders are paving the way by running activities, speaking openly about mental health and supporting their peers in tackling stigma.
You can help students can find their voice and become Young Campaigners.
“I got involved because I don’t want people to feel like I did, that no one was there for me and that I couldn't talk to anyone. I want to make others aware that they will always have someone there for them.”
Chloe, Wrotham school young leaders group
Engaging with parents
Have you thought about engaging with their parents as well as students themselves? We have some simple resources you can use to encourage parents to talk to their children about mental health. (*in all instances the term parents, refers to parents, carers and legal guardians)
- You can send this open letter to parents along with a description of the work you are doing with young people as a way to highlight the importance of the subject. It is written by a parent of a young person with experience of mental health problems appealing to other parents to get clued up about mental health.
- Presentation for parents - you can run this short presentation on a loop so that parents can watch it.
- Hand out this leaflet to parents.
Is a parent worried about talking to their child about mental health? Here are some top tips you can share with them to start the conversation.
Worried about someone or yourself?
Below are a range of information sheets for some of the most common mental health problems:
Find out where to get more support here.