Five ways to get involved with World Mental Health Day


This Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. For children and young people with SEND and their families, 2020 so far has been particularly impactful on mental health. In this article, we look at five things you can do for World Mental Health Day to promote positive mental health in the classroom, at home, and in yourself.

Mental health refers to your emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It affects how you feel, think, and act, and can change over time due to a range of factors. The World Health Organisation recognises 10 October as World Mental Health Day every year, with the theme for 2020 focusing on 'mental health for all'.

This year, we've pulled together five inspiring campaigns, resources, and ideas to help you get involved with World Mental Health Day. Take a look...

Make mental health a core theme for your school

Explore 10 ways that school leaders can approach supporting children and young people's (CYP) mental health and wellbeing. Featuring a range of resources from how to write an effective mental health policy to supporting staff wellbeing, this toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools and the Anna Freud Centre is an essential for school leaders.

Celebrate diversity with 'The same but different' resource toolkit

Take a look at this jam-packed free resources toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools and the Anna Freud Centre. You'll find exciting lesson plans for different ages, inspiring assembly plans, and further resources to support diverse groups of children, including resources for LGBTQ+ children, children from ethnic minority groups, refugee and asylum seeker children, looked-after children, and young carers.

Brighten up your classroom with #HelloYellow

On Friday 9 October, join schools across the country who'll be wearing something yellow to raise awareness of mental health. Sign up for the free #HelloYellow fundraising kit from YoungMinds, which includes a mental health lesson plan, wellbeing tips, and fun wellbeing activities for you and your class.

Gain top tips to support students

Join this free webinar on Friday 9 October at 2pm, where SEBDA affiliate tutor Juliet Taylor will be sharing easily implementable tips and strategies for supporting CYP experiencing loss and trauma. SEBDA provides support to promote social, emotional, and mental wellbeing in CYP, so the strategies you'll gain will be useful for promoting positive mental health for all your students.

Look after yourself!

As much as you can support the mental health of your class and community, positive mental health starts with looking after yourself. It can seem daunting, but Mind, the charity for better mental health, is encouraging everyone to do one thing a day to support positive mental health. They've created a customisable calendar with different ideas you can do each day for better mental health.

Don't forget to share how you end up celebrating World Mental Health Day with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @SENShowUK #TesSENShow!

P.S. Want to get top tips from SEN experts? Join in with six FREE webinars taking place this Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October from the SEN Show Series. Find out more here.