Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing


DfE Guidance on temporary changes: attendance recording for educational settings whilst closed due to the coronavirus 

We have put together key information and resources for schools to help maintain provision during the COVID-19 situation.

The resources on this page were collected between March and July 2020 to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of staff, parents and children and young people.

** New Return to School resources have also been developed**

Transition to return to school

A series of resources has been produced to support the challenge of school return following the pandemic and are highly recommended by Principal Educational Psychologists nationally.

An essential toolkit to disseminate widely and form the basis of well-being and pastoral recovery plans:

The Anna Freud Centre has created a Managing transitions guide, containing helpful resources to prepare children for change.

Schools/colleges may like to adapt these suggested questions as appropriate to gauge staff support needs upon returning to work. 

The National Children's Bureau have developed a new guide to support the return to school with a focus on the Whole School Approach to MHEW:

The National Children's Bureau host the Schools' Wellbeing Partnership, and are developing a similar resource, in consultation with the Department for Education, for secondary schools. If you're interested in sharing your plans for inclusion in this publication, please contact: Saskia Jenkins at the Schools' Wellbeing Partnership:

** More Return to School resources **

Supporting children and young people


A list of tips and useful links to support MHEW from the East Sussex Educational Psychology Service

Digital resources to support mental health from East Sussex County Council

Primary / young children

Nottinghamshire Educational Psychology Service has shared 2 stories to help primary schools promote positive thinking for children during school recovery:

Calming activities from Childline for school staff to support children and young people

Coronavirus: a book for children illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Secondary / older children

The trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) from the East Sussex Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) have made some videos to support young people with their mental health during COVID 19:

Advice from Young Minds for older children feeling anxiety about coronavirus

e-motion are offering free online counselling

Rise Above for young people, which includes RSHE lesson plans for schools

MindEd - free educational resource on children and young people's mental health

Online course supporting young people with low mood or depression during the pandemic

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook 

Creative education are offering Free Access accounts to a number of their online courses at the moment:

Anna Freud Centre have many useful resources to support CYP including:

Post 16 / young adults

5 steps to mental wellbeing from the NHS

Every Mind Matters advice and tips to look after your mental health from the NHS

Advice on anxiety and panic attacks from

Children with SEN

Some useful info from Special Needs Jungle to support children with SEN

Find more SEND resources

COVID-19 and Autism resources


Supporting school staff

Looking after yourself and your team from

COVID Online Resource Pack from the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)

** More Return to School resources **