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Teaching about Mental Health

‘Inside out’ is a beautiful movie made by Disney/Pixar and is a wonderful tool to stimulate discussions on the broader issues of mental health and emotional health and wellbeing. Camden Healthy Schools, with some input from the school, have used the film as a basis for a discrete set of lessons for Years 5 and 6, including transition to secondary school in the Year 6 lessons as it links with Riley’s experience in the film.

All the resources, together with a teacher's guide and notes, will appear below shortly....

Click on the link above for a wide range of lesson, plans, schemes of work and assemblies from the charity 'Heads Together'.

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

Attached below are some excellent Primary and Secondary Teaching Resources from the PSHE Association on approaches to Teaching Mental Heath in Schools.

In the Changing Minds pack there are three teaching units of two lessons about society and mental health, each of which:

Promotes positive images   Raises awareness   Combats discrimination

Challenges stereotypes   Values difference   Informs teachers and students

Develops confidence

The second edition of the Changing Minds teaching pack, has been written by Michael Kelly, Senior teacher at the Royal Free Hospital Children’s School with support from Gill Morris, PSHE Co-ordinator, Camden Council.

A special thanks must go to Eleanor Harries who through her teaching at Parliament Hill developed some of the materials included in the Changing Minds pack.