‘You’re Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health’ Campaign

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have launched a campaign to support mental health and well being in schools.

Supporting the mental health of children and young people is among the most critical challenges we face as a country, one we hope that the anticipated Green Paper on education and mental health will take important steps toward addressing. However, school staff remain on the frontline when it comes to promoting the mental health of their pupils. Throughout the campaign they will share the expertise of leading clinicians and researchers so schools can feel confident in knowing how to help the children and young people in their care.

We are offering all primary schools in England free, evidence-based Talking Mental Health resources which include an animation and lesson plans teachers can use with their pupils to help them have conversations about mental health. The materials are aimed at pupils aged 9 – 11 and it is hoped that they will equip children to deal with the challenges that the approach to school transition and adolescence can bring. Research published by the UCL Institute of Education finds that one in four girls and one in ten boys have depression by the age of 14, highlighting the need to support mental health from an early age.