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Wellbeing and Mental Health

This section looks at how to keep children and young people emotionally well and mentally healthy.

Promoting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health in children and young people enables them to better understand and manage their feelings. The emotional health and wellbeing of pupils underpins the entire school experience. Every child has emotional needs and the school has a responsibility to provide a nurturing and supportive environment in which learners can develop confidence and emotional resilience in order to achieve their full potential and therefore enhance their capacity to learn. In addition there will be specific vulnerable groups of children and young people who will require additional support.

Schools have a statutory responsibility in relation to promoting pupil wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people. You will find, Guidance and sources of support on both national and local level as well as Teaching and Learning resources including from the PSHE Association. 

For further information, please contact Lee Souter,


Access our new Mental Health Newsletter for Mental Health Leads and Mental Health First Aiders , HUMAN: Connect


Wellbeing First: Improving Mental Health & Resilience in Schools (IMHARS)

Wellbeing First: Improving Mental Health & Resilience in Schools (IMHARS) describes a whole schools approach to mental health and resilience in schools, and has been developed and piloted across IMHARS Champion schools in Southwark.  To find out more, Click Here

Supporting School Staff Wellbeing (pdf, 401kb)

Working in a school has always been a demanding role and Covid-19 has added significantly to those demands.  The attached leaflet provides you with information and signposting to resources to best support the wellbeing of school staff, especially during the pandemic.    

DfE’s Wellbeing for Education

Support information:

DfE's Wellbeing Return to Education- FAQ pack (docx, 37kb)

Key Training Models (pdf, 919kb)


Southwark’s Localised “DfE Wellbeing for Education” training decks

For webinar delegates - your School/College Trainer/Wellbeing & Mental Health Lead- please use these training slides to adapt to meet your school’s/college’s needs, and cascade and disseminate in your school/college:

LBS-Webinar One_Wellbeing For Education Return_FINAL_03_02 _21 (pptx, 9.3mb)

LBS-Webinar One_Wellbeing For Education Return_FINAL_03_02 _21 (pdf, 3.9mb)

LBS-Webinar Two_Wellbeing For Education Return_FINAL_10_02_21 (pptx, 8.3mb)

LBS-Webinar Two_Wellbeing For Education Return_FINAL_10_02_21 (pdf, 3.6mb)


Southwark’s Bitesize Sessions (up to 45minutes)

These sessions review the content from the WBFER Webinar Training above and can be used as a tool for schools and colleges to deliver and disseminate the session(s) with colleagues

Bitesize_Bereavement & Loss_ with VoiceRecordings_SMT

Bitesize_Understanding Neuroscience in Education: taking a whole school approach_KA

Stress and trauma_ supporting recovery

Bitesize_StressTrauma_ EPS_ Final (pdf, 3.1mb)    

Bitesize_StressTrauma_ EPS_ Final (pptx, 8.4mb)

Bitesize Stress and Trauma, Supporting Recovery EPS is now available to view

Link to survey can be found here.


Planning your next steps - Southwark's Enhanced HS Planning & Reporting Tools Template

LBS_PlanningTool_Enhanced_WB_MH_Template (docx, 194kb)

LBS_PlanningTool_Enhanced_WB_MH_Template (pdf, 649kb)

Wellbeing Measurement for Schools Staff Survey


Local support, what’s available now

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for Young People

A list of website links for Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Resource Directory is available below. This is for children, young people, their families and for professionals seeking to find the right help, advice and support to assist with emotional wellbeing and mental health problems that children and young people may be facing:

Southwark Mental Health Services (pdf, 247kb)

CYP Resource Directory (pdf, 806kb)

Southwark's Local Offer for Wellbeing, Mental Health and Emotional Health Services (pdf, 820kb)

Southwark Wellbeing Hub

Advice and Information for Young People: Taking Care of Your Mind


Prevention & Early Intervention commissioned services for schools

Comparison of Southwark’s Preventative & Early Intervention Well Being & Mental Health Support Provision for schools (pdf, 638kb)

The Nest Southwark: The Nest in Southwark provides free mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25: 

For your school’s/college’s free registrations:

PSHE Association 

SEAL Community 

Template Policy for and Leadership of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing template school policy (docx, 752kb)

Primary Lessons                Secondary Lessons
Mental Health Teaching Checklist (pdf, 321kb) Lesson Plans on Mental Health_ secondary (pdf, 973kb)
Mental Health teaching groundrules (pdf, 158kb) Resources for Mental Health Lessons (pdf, 724kb)
Preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing (pdf, 662kb)  
Resources for Mental Health Lessons_primary (pdf, 5.3mb)  
Lesson Plans on Mental Health (pdf, 929kb)  

 Guidance Information

Guidance Information    
DfE & DoH (2022 Update) Promoting the health and wellbeing of looked after children. (pdf, 558kb) DoH (2015) Future in Mind - promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people's mental health and wellbeing (, 1.6mb) DfE (2018) Mental health and behaviour in schools (pdf, 212kb)
NGA PSHE Govenors guide_Apr 21 (pdf, 213kb) State of the Nation 2019: Children and Young People’s Wellbeing (pdf, 1.2mb) Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing - A whole school and college approach_Feb 21 (pdf, 982kb)
Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Implementation Programme May 23