Mental Health Strategies

About this Guide

This resource is designed to support practitioners deliver appropriate PSE in conjunction with their learners in light of the Scottish Government PSE Review (2019). This suggested Mental Health Strategies content will support practitioner work with their learners to develop the curriculum to suit their local context and meet the relevant age and stage of development for children and young people with regard to Mental, Emotional, Social & Physical Wellbeing.

Suggested Experiences & Outcomes

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

HWB 3-01a

I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

HWB 3-02a

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

HWB 3-03a

I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.

HWB 3-04a

I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

HWB 3-06a

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.

HWB 3-07a

I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

HWB 3-08a

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

Social Wellbeing

HWB 3-10a

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all.

HWB 3-14a

I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.

Physical Wellbeing

HWB 3-15a

I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

HWB 3-16a

I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

HWB 3-17a

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations.

Health & Wellbeing

HWB 3-25a

I am experiencing enjoyment and achievement on a daily basis by taking part in different kinds of energetic physical activities of my choosing, including sport and opportunities for outdoor learning, available at my place of learning and in the wider community.

HWB 3-26a

I have investigated the role of sport and the opportunities it may offer me. I am able to access opportunities for participation in sport and the development of my performance in my place of learning and beyond.

HWB 3-27a

I can explain why I need to be active on a daily basis to maintain good health and try to achieve a good balance of sleep, rest and physical activity.

HWB 3-28a

I can explain the links between the energy I use while being physically active, the food I eat, any my health and wellbeing.

Associated Benchmarks

  • Sustains daily moderate to vigorous physical activity.
  • Accesses opportunities to develop / achieve in sport and/or outdoor learning within place of learning and wider community.
  • Evaluates own lifestyle in respect of daily physical activity, diet, rest and sleep and impact on health and wellbeing
  • Explains the impact of an energy imbalance on health and wellbeing, for example, becoming overweight, lethargy.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • to learn to understand my emotions and those of others
  • to develop my understanding of strategies to support wellbeing
  • to investigate how I can look after my own, and others, wellbeing

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

  • explain and discuss the impact of feelings and emotions on my own and others behaviour
  • discuss and demonstrate strategies I could use to make informed choices in stressful/challenging situations
  • demonstrate how my physical wellbeing impacts my feelings and explain how these can affect my behaviour

Suggested Learning Experiences

These suggested activities/tasks are for group work within a classroom and target holistic/generic/universal needs of learners. You should select activities/tasks that are most relevant to the needs of your learners and school community. Please use your professional judgement as to how best to deliver these types of activities/tasks sensitively/appropriately with your learners and which other staff may also be able to provide support/differentiation to meet their needs.

What do we know?

How do your learners look after their physical health? Discuss how/why – PE, schools clubs, etc. What about mental health/emotions etc? What do they do or do they know others do? Introduce the See Me ‘What’s on Your Mind’ card & discuss how it might be helpful. Discuss issues such as stigma around mental health/wellbeing and young people and how people might feel if they face discrimination.

What do we need to know?

What is Self-Care and how can we do it? Explore emotions – what emotions do you know? can you recognise them in yourself/others? can they sometimes have different levels of intensity? Do you know that emotions can be expressed in different ways? How do emotions change – through out a day/week, in different situations etc? For example, 5 ways of wellbeing Discuss the 5 ways of wellbeing leaflet – do you already do any of these things? How do they make you feel? What do we do in school that links? What else can we do? not feeling guilty about putting yourself first – self care Some examples of self-care strategies learners could try in class – mindfulness, visualisations, meditation, yoga, journaling, Apps such as NHS Well Mind, Calm, Headspace, Mind Tynseside Mood Tracker etc. what are Talking Therapies, how to look after mental wellbeing, information from MHF Scotland’s StressLESS resource in the Download section along with information in the External Resources section.

What’s happening here/locally? What could we do next?

Organisations that can help in an emergency See Me , Breathing Space Call 8000 83 85 87, Samaritans Call 116 123 or Text 07725 90 90 90, ChildLine Call 0800 1111, Young Scot 0808 801 0338 – can we find out about any other organisations; local/national? Discuss how, why, when you/someone you know may need to take further steps to support mental wellbeing. Explore links and local organisations that can provide support and advice. MIND list advice and support services What do we do as a school – mental health ambassadors etc. Can I discuss who/where I can go for help, advice and support? Discuss how you would be able to identify that someone else needed some help with their mental wellbeing – who could help you?