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Lesson plans and free resources

There are plenty of online resources available to download.

DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a free resource for teachers and other educational professionals designed to help develop resilience in young people. Lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, audio-visual resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials can all be accessed and downloaded at any time from Samaritans website. DEAL is ideal for students aged 14 and over, inclusive of all abilities and learning styles.

PSHE Association has guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing and lesson plans and resources for Key Stages 1-4 here.

Time to Change has some great lesson plans with printable materials to help you talk to young people about mental health here.

BBC Radio 1's My Mind and Me aims to get young people talking about emotional wellbeing and mental health; to reduce stigma and raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues that affect young people. There are already some good celebrity interviews and advice on the BBC’s My Mind and Me webpages to go through with pupils during assemblies or Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and a series of special reports and documentaries for young people.

Our Leading Mental Health in Schools newsletter features latest developments.

Action for Happiness has created the Keys to Happier Living Toolkit - an engaging, accessible and evidence-based programme to promote the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children aged 7-11, with free downloadable resources.

School governors - advice from the National Governors' Association about promoting wellbeing in schools.