Mental wellbeing

 

 

Helping you teach PSHE, RHE and RSHE to Upper KS2, KS3 and KS4 students, with flexible, ready-to-use content co-created with teachers, and young people.

 

While you support students, Every Mind Matters is here to support you by providing simple, practical advice for a healthier mind.

 

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Self-care

Self-care form time activities

Students discover and try out self-care actions to support their physical and mental wellbeing in these short form time sessions which follow the framework of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.

Lesson activities include:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • print-out journal for students
  • activities to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom
  • differentiated options to offer support or challenge
  • films to support the activities

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Physical and mental wellbeing

Explore the link between physical and mental wellbeing.

Students discover self-care actions to support their physical and mental wellbeing – whether by getting active, eating well or getting good quality sleep.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • print-out activities for students
  • core peer-to-peer activities
  • differentiated options to offer support or challenge
  • films to support the activities

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Unhelpful thoughts

Students learn examples of unhelpful thoughts and tools to tackle them.

This short activity can be used in form time or equivalent to explore unhelpful thoughts and support students to practise "reframing" them.

Lesson activities include:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • differentiated options to offer support or challenge
  • activities to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom
  • discussion questions and a plenary
  • animated film to support the activities

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Building connections

Students explore the meaning of loneliness and connection.

Building connections lesson plan pack

Help students to understand that everybody feels lonely at times, but there are actions they can take to help build connections.

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students will explore the meaning of loneliness and connection.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • options to extend and support learners
  • a film to support the activities

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Worry

Help students to identify worry and actions they can take if they feel worried.

What to do about worry Year 6 lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students will identify what worry might feel or look like and describe different actions that a person can take if they are worried.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • print-out activities for pupils
  • core peer-to-peer activities
  • plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • a film to support the activities

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Social media

Support students to explore the topic of social media and learn actions a person can take to look after their wellbeing online and offline.

Social media Year lesson plans

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students explore social media, evaluate how social media might impact wellbeing and understand the importance of balancing online and offline activity. 

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, differentiated discussion questions and exciting extension ideas
  • a film to support the activities

 

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Sleep

Encourage students to explore the benefits of sleep on the brain and the body as well as learn strategies for better quality sleep.

Sleep lesson plans

Using peer-to-peer discussion, videos and activities, students discover the importance of sleep and learn about simple actions that can improve a person’s quality of sleep.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • activities to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas

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Dealing with change

In this lesson, students explore the nature of change.

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the nature of change, identify challenges that can arise in managing changing situations and learn where to get support.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities

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Transition to secondary school

Help students consider the transition to secondary school and identify some of the challenges that can arise.

Transition to secondary school lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will explore the transition to secondary school.

Lesson plan includes:

  • PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • a film to support the activities

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Puberty

In this lesson, students learn about the physical and emotional aspects of puberty.

Puberty lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students will be encouraged to examine the impact of puberty and find ways in which they can seek support if they are finding puberty challenging.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 4 films to support the activities, including YouTuber KickThePj talking about growing up

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Bullying and cyberbullying

In this lesson, students identify what being bullied means and the emotional impact it can have on someone.

Bullying lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore different situations in which people can treat others in a negative way, as well as discover strategies to deal with hurtful types of behaviour.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • a video drama asking, "Do most fights start online?"

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Online stress and FOMO

In this lesson, students explore the impact of using social media and the stresses it can cause, including FOMO ('fear of missing out').

FOMO lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer activities based on 2 films, students will discuss how they might manage any online stress and understand the importance of asking for help when needed.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities – "Online stress and FOMO" and "Online vs real world"

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Alcohol

In this lesson, students explore the reasons why some young people choose to drink alcohol and the impact this can have on them.

Alcohol lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students will be encouraged to identify and assess the risks associated with underage or irresponsible drinking, and how to deal with pressure from peers.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • 2 films to support the activities – "Up to you game" and "Advice on pressure and role models"

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Exam stress

In this lesson, students identify the signs and symptoms of exam stress and develop strategies to help them manage it.

Exam stress lesson plan pack

Using the concept of designing an "exam buddy" app, students develop helpful strategies for managing their own exam stress and learn how to be supportive of friends who may also be experiencing stress.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • peer-to-peer activity, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 3 films to support the activities, including "Dealing with exam stress"

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Body image in a digital world

Encourage students to explore what body image is, how social media can impact it and ways to reduce stress or anxiety caused by online pressures.

Body image lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion and activities, students discuss the impact of social media on body image and identify techniques for minimising stress that may arise from negative body image.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and exciting extension ideas
  • 2 films to support the activities – one featuring opinions from students and another featuring photographer and Instagrammer Tobi Shinobi

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Forming positive relationships

In this lesson, students examine the nature of friendships, identify some of the challenges that can arise and how to provide effective peer support.

Relationships lesson plan pack

Using peer-to-peer discussion, scenarios and videos, students explore what makes a good friend and discuss strategies for dealing with difficult social situations.

Lesson plan includes:

  • accompanying PowerPoint for use in class
  • starter activities – carry out a baseline assessment of students' prior knowledge, skills and understanding
  • core peer-to-peer activities, plenaries and extended learning projects
  • 2 films to support the activities, including Doug Armstrong on "How to be a true friend"

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Delivering engaging lesson plans on mental wellbeing

Our mental wellbeing resources can help teachers deliver lessons that engage young people on a variety of key health issues including smoking, body image in a digital world and exam stress. We will be adding further lesson plans over the academic year.

Engaging film content

Our films on mental wellbeing feature positive role models (influencers and vloggers) and act as conversation starters to facilitate student-led discussion on multiple issues to build resilience.

The films support teachers in their teaching, learning outcomes and delivery of key health messages. All film content is co-created with and tested by young people.

Flexible lesson plans

Our flexible lesson plans cover a wide range of resources, including video, that you can tailor to your pupils' needs. Carry out a baseline assessment of students' skills and knowledge using our specific starter activities, which will also help you track and evaluate their progress.You can also adapt the PowerPoints we offer to make lesson planning even easier.

Exploring sensitive topics

Core activities are designed to be used on a peer-to-peer basis to help students explore sensitive topics like fear of missing out and risk-taking. Pupils can also access more content, including advice, tips and videos on mental health and wellbeing, on the Every Mind Matters website. This content is aimed at parents and young people, and offers the option of exploring sensitive subjects on their own, or with parents or carers.