The Telegraph reports that the Duchess of Cambridge will today launch a mental health website for schools, to help teachers navigate the mass of unreliable internet advice.
The Duchess, who focuses her campaigning on mental health and young people, will visit a school to announce the new initiative for Heads Together.
Mentally Healthy Schools, a website, is intended to provide a resource for teachers and schools, to help them talk to children about issues from bereavement to anxiety to eating disorders.
Tailored to suit the curriculum for primary schools in England, it includes more than 1,500 online resources, reviewed by a “quality assurance group” to make them appropriate for a young audience.
Supporting the ‘You’re Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health‘ campaign by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families last year, the Duchess said: “As parents, we all want our children to have the best possible start in life.
“Encouraging children to understand and be open about their feelings can give them the skills to cope with the ups and downs that life will throw at them as they grow up.”
Sarah Hannafin, senior policy advisor at school leaders’ union NAHT, said of the project: “This new website will be a fantastic practical resource for schools, drawing together quality assured and useful information and resources into one place. We’d encourage all primary school leaders and their teams to bookmark it.”
Have you searched for mental health information on the internet to help your pupils? Will you look at the ‘Heads Together’ site? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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