The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Happiness
By Jenny Hulme
As rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders continue to rise among young people, it is crucial for schools to provide appropriate information and support to their students. But how can schools bridge the gap between understanding the impact of these issues on learning and lifelong health and the day-to-day priorities and pressures of school life? “The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Happiness” by Jenny Hulme offers unique insights into projects that are answering these questions and helping teachers make mental health and emotional wellbeing a central focus of the school day.
With a mix of longer-term initiatives and simple strategies that can be implemented immediately, this book explores a range of projects aimed at promoting mental health and wellbeing in schools. From mentoring and mindfulness to social action and sport, and from Lego play and poetry to the power of parents and the role of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, these projects provide practical solutions for schools looking to prioritize the mental health and wellbeing of their students.
Each project described in the book provides practical guidance on how to implement it effectively and shares the impact it has had on increasing resilience, raising aspirations, and enhancing the emotional wellbeing of the entire school community. Moreover, “The School of Wellbeing” goes beyond showcasing ideas; it also features interviews with education leaders and charities, including Place2Be, Step up to Serve, Kidscape, Mosaic, Diversity Role Models, Beat, Achievement for All, and others. These interviews offer valuable advice and signpost readers to useful resources and information to support them in implementing these initiatives in their own schools.
This book serves as a source of inspiration for school leaders, senior leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors, and psychologists. It equips them with practical ideas and evidence-based strategies to create an environment that fosters positive mental health and happiness among children and young people. By prioritizing mental health and wellbeing, schools can play a vital role in supporting their students’ overall development and helping them thrive academically and in life.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2016, this book is a valuable resource for anyone passionate about promoting children and young people’s mental health and happiness.