Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a school-based project which aims to support the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people. It puts emotional resilience at the heart of children’s health and wellbeing and recognises its impact on their learning, attainment, behaviour and future employability.

We know that schools offer so much more than academic education. They also attend to children’s social, emotional, developmental and health needs. Healthy Minds provides staff with the latest neurodevelopmental and mental health research to help them develop a whole-school approach to supporting and developing these needs.

Schools are in a fantastic position not just to teach about emotional wellbeing but to help children experience it. By providing stable, nurturing and protective environments, schools can help children learn how to regulate their emotions and develop healthy relationships with other children and school staff. These abilities will have a huge impact on their emotional resilience and satisfaction with their lives.

We have found that the Healthy Minds model makes great sense to school staff who have been able to use its principles within the classroom and across school.

“Thanks for your help! really interesting and load of strategies which can be used without huge upheavals, small changes = big differences.”

“Really useful to have all staff there. Justifies the ways in which some of us work. Thank you :)”

“It is something that I would like it to be sharper at in practice.”

“Interesting, thought provoking, would be good to hear more ‘practical’ strategies.”

Project partners

Sheffield CCGSheffield City CouncilHealthy Minds forms an important part of Sheffield’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People which was developed by Sheffield City Council and the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group.

The project is led by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust’s CAMHS team working in collaboration with schools across the city.

Participating schools 2017/18

September 2017 cohort

  • Acres Hill Primary School
  • Angram Bank Primary School
  • Arbourthorne Primary School
  • Beck Primary School
  • E-Act Pathways Academy
  • Ecclesfield Primary School
  • Fir Vale School
  • Gleadless Primary School
  • High Hazels Academy
  • Hucklow Primary School
  • Manor Lodge Primary School
  • Mansel Primary School
  • Meynell Primary School
  • Oasis Fir Vale Academy
  • Oasis Watermead Academy
  • Owler Brook Primary School
  • Pipworth Primary School
  • Sheffield Springs Academy
  • Silverdale School
  • St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
  • Tinsley Meadows Primary School
  • Watercliffe Meadow Primary School

January 2018 cohort

  • Bankwood Primary School
  • Birley Primary Academy
  • Birley Spa Primary Academy
  • Bradfield Dungworth Primary School
  • Brightside NI School
  • Concord Junior School
  • Dore Primary School
  • Emmanuel Junior School
  • Firth Park Academy
  • Hinde House 2-16 School
  • Limpsfield Junior School
  • Lower Meadow Primary School
  • Mundella Primary School
  • Sharrow Primary School
  • St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
  • Stocksbridge Junior School
  • Wharncliffe Side Primary School
  • Wincobank NI School
  • Woodseats Primary School

Healthy Minds key activities

Universal
  • Whole staff training in fundamentals of young people’s mental health
  • Healthy Minds Survey – to identify the strengths and needs of the individual school community
  • Healthy Minds Champions – to access student voice
  • Individual school Healthy Minds action plan
  • Mental Health Promotion
Targeted
  • SAFE (Secure Attachment Focussed Environments) Training - three days for key staff

    • Further understanding of vulnerability
    • Attachment theory across the lifecycle
    • Strategies to implement theory into practice
    • Communication framework
    • Assessment of risks, resilience and formulation
    • Reflective practice framework
    • Clarity re CAMHS offer and referral pathway
  • Reflective practice for key staff
Traded offer
  • Negotiated with individual and groups of schools
  • Further bespoke training
  • Reflective practice to embed staff skills
  • Assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation for individual students
  • Robust communication framework within school
  • Multi-agency integrated working and communication

Top tips for schools to get the most out of Healthy Minds

  • Think whole school
  • Engage Senior Leadership Team
  • Be clear about the Healthy Minds offer and include it in the School Improvement Plan (SIP)
  • Include all staff in whole school training
  • Identify staff who have a strategic leadership role to attend the three-day SAFE training
  • Healthy Minds surveys completed asap
  • Remember emotional resilience is the bedrock for learning and attainment
  • Keep in touch with your Healthy Minds clinician and email them any questions (big or small)
  • Plan so the learning from Healthy Minds reaches across school and is sustainable
  • Give explicit permission to staff so they feel able to include the Healthy Minds principles within their role

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