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Supporting the mental health of secondary school students

With young people facing many challenges to their wellbeing, Good Thinking gives education professionals across London tips on how to help them.

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One in five children and young people in England, aged between eight to 25 have a probable mental disorder. [1] Among 17 to 19-year olds, the figure is 23.3%, and among 20 to 25-year-olds, it’s 21.7%. [1]

Schools have a vital role to play in supporting young people’s mental health but often lack the training, staff and resources to do this confidently or effectively.

In this article, we explore the different elements of supporting your students with their mental health and wellbeing so that you can consider your school’s provision. The Good Thinking team has also created a comprehensive lesson pack to use in school with your students to deliver health education statutory objectives.

[1] The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2023 Report, published by NHS England, Nov 2023

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