Our top five resources for mental health

Pupils at Juno Dawson's Authors Live event - image by Alan Peebles

1 in 10 young people aged 5-16 have a diagnosable mental health condition

I'm glad to be part of a society which is at least making inroads into removing the stigma from discussions about mental health, but we still have a long way to go. SeeMe's personal stories from sufferers show that people still have bad experiences when it comes to disclosing their mental health issues, and 1 in 10 young people aged 5-16 have a diagnosable mental health condition*. I believe that the rise in the number of young people diagnosed as suffering from a mental health condition is simply because people are talking about it more and it's becoming easier to disclose issues (although I appreciate that this doesn't chime with everyone's experience).

Making mental health an explicit part of discussions in school definitely has a big part to play in tackling stigma, so let's have a look at some of our resources which help you do that.

Being a Teenager: Bullying, Crushes and Mental Health - resource from Phil Beadle

Teacher, consultant and author Phil Beadle has demonstrated an ability to get disaffected young people to engage with education throughout his career, and in this bold and honest resource he invites teenagers to think and talk about how to to tackle issues that can put strain on any pupil's life.

Authors Live event with Juno Dawson

You can watch this fantastic event on demand at any time! YA author Juno Dawson's book Mind Your Head, co-written with psychologist Olivia Hewitt, is an accessible guide for any teen who wants to find out about how to develop mental resilience and help themselves through challenging times. In this event, Juno speaks about the book to an audience of pupils. Not to be missed!

'Angel Wings' learning resource

Anne Donovan's beautiful little story about a boy whose mother experiences mental health difficulties was commissioned by Artlink. Check out the story on their site and then have a look at the teaching resource. It's perfect for upper primary pupils.

Book lists

Dr Olivia Hewitt, the co-author of Mind Your Head, has produced this book list of self-help guides for teenagers. We also have a list of novels where characters experience mental health issues, and for wee ones, there's a list on conflict resolution and one on bereavement. Suggestions for additions are always welcome!

Finally, there is evidence to link reading for pleasure with improved mental health, increased empathy and reduced stress levels. Encourage your pupils to chill out with a good book

Enjoyed this roundup? Check out our other blog posts about our most popular resources, or just head over to our resources section to browse by age, curricular area and much more.

* Figures taken from Mental Health Foundation website.

Top image by Alan Peebles