Coronavirus: supporting pupils’ mental health and well-being

Authors:
ANNA FREUD NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HEAD TEACHERS, PSHE ASSOCIATION
Publisher:
National Association of Head Teachers
Publication year:
2020
Pagination:
16
Place of publication:
Haywards Heath

This guidance aims to help school leaders and their staff, in all phases of education, support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, by outlining some universal approaches for all pupils and for with those with low-level mental health needs. The guide covers the impact of coronavirus pandemic on children and young peoples’ mental health and well-being; how the experiences of COVID-19 and lockdown might affect pupils when they return to school; how to support pupils to readjust, recover and move forwards; fear, anxiety and uncertainty; transitions; relationships; self-regulation, concentration and engagement; what schools and teachers can do through PSHE education; and supporting the well-being of school staff. The guide recognises that coronavirus is amplifying the inequalities associated with social determinants of mental and physical health. Several social and economic factors (e.g. poverty and separation from parents and carers) make some young people more vulnerable to the mental health challenges of the pandemic. Children and young people from homes where domestic abuse is a concern are at increased risk of mental health difficulties. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
children, school children, mental health, mental health problems, Covid-19, mental health services, wellbeing;
Content type:
practice guidance
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