Being physically active is instrumental in improving our wellbeing through the release of endorphins and connecting with others.  Combined with mindfulness and meditation, learn about ways you can promote total wellbeing in your school.

Why is it important?

Wellbeing is defined as 'the state of feeling healthy and happy'.  The pandemic has seen a significant rise in mental health issues in children and young people. There has never been a greater need for schools to promote wellbeing whether through healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness or meditation.

The benefits of this approach include:

  • Enhancing pupils' mental health
  • Improving self esteem
  • Increasing resilience in young people
  • Improving trust levels

Wellbeing Free Resources

With mental health high on the agenda and childhood obesity on the rise, schools play an important role in supporting pupils' wellbeing.

Free resources you might like to try or signpost your pupils to, include:

  • Neuro Love was created to support young people (like you) to stay emotionally and physically well during these incredibly stressful and anxious times.
  • Join Young Minds 360 degree Schools' Community for free tips, advice and teaching resources about children's mental health.
  • Mind provide information for young people who are worried about coronavirus and want to know how to cope with changes to their lives.
  • NSPCC offer support and tips to help keep children safe. From advice on children’s mental health to staying safe online, support for parents and what to do if you’re worried about a child.
  • Yoga with Adriene will help with student anxiety and is suitable for beginners.
  • Mental Health UK have launched a series of videos focusing on mental health resilience.  Each video focuses on a topic that young people have highlighted as important to them and supports building their resilience through suggested tools and techniques.

Case studies

If you are looking for evidence of how beneficial it can be to promote wellbeing in school, take a look at the case studies below:

  • Read the latest views and statistics from parents about wellbeing in school in this YST research project.

For more information

Please contact:

Claire Mansfield