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Just Talk campaign - school resources

Tackling stigma, and making mental health relevant for teenage boys, Hertfordshire's Just Talk campaign is launching on Monday 22 January 2018.

Based on national research, the Hertfordshire Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ), and a 2017 Hertfordshire survey on mental health that received over 600 responses from teenage boys, this multi-agency campaign has been developed to raise mental health awareness with secondary school aged boys. The campaign draws on what we have learnt to communicate relevant and meaningful mental health information for boys.

Girls are not excluded though, you’ll find all of the content we have developed can be used with everyone and will still have relevance for girls.

The resources on this page are all freely available to you. You also have the opportunity to win our first ever ‘Just Talk award’ and £500 towards training and mental health resources for your schools. Take a look at the Just Talk school engagement activities information for details. Any questions at all, please contact

Resources for schools:

Fifteen minute activities - These activities have been developed with input and advice from schools.  They can be used in any 15 minute slot you may have with pupils, but have been developed with form time in mind.

Lesson plans - Focused on the key messages that we know will resonate with boys, these lesson plans will help to raise awareness of mental health and dispel myths around mental ill health. They will also provide an opportunity to explore some of the things pupils can do to help promote their emotional wellbeing.

Assembly presentation - Alternatively a member of your staff team could use these presentation slides for an assembly or in form time.

Just Talk film competition - Get students creating a story board for a short film about Just Talk and win £100!

Just Talk school engagement activities information - On Wednesday 21 February 2018, there was a professional event to share the key successes and learning points of the campaign launch. We invited schools to showcase some of their success stories.

Just Talk speaker directory - During January 2018, a number of local professionals made themselves available to help support your campaign work within the school.  If you would like to invite one of them to come in and do an assembly for your pupils, please use the speaker directory to get in touch with them. - To be updated.

Word searches - To help embed ideas for coping strategies, you could provide pupils with one of three word searches to complete.

Poster and leaflets - We also have posters and leaflets that you can download, print and distribute within school. We have sent you a small selection of these.

Just Talk - top tips for parents/carers - Some schools will be holding a parent evening to communicate some of the key campaign messages to parents.  If you are looking for something to send home to parents, you could let them know about our Just Talk parent page and/or send them our Just Talk - Top tips leaflet.

Just Talk conference - on Wednesday 21 February 2018, we invited professionals to share the key successes and learning points of the campaign launch. You can view and download presentations from the event here.

Background information:

Hertfordshire emotional wellbeing survey for teenage boys: July 2017
Hertfordshire's Health Related Behaviour Survey 2016 Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Please do let us know what you have planned so that we can offer you as much support as possible –