Laura Meek, Sarah Jordan, Sarah McKinley

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Secondary Education: A Practical Guide and Resource


Mental Health and Wellbeing in Secondary Education offers a wealth of tips, guidance and advice for taking a whole school approach to this topic in secondary schools, along with a detailed introduction to how a range of key issues are diagnosed and treated.



As attitudes to mental health shift, schools are taking the wellbeing of their pupils much more seriously. All schools in England are required to provide lessons on health and wellbeing; in addition, most now have a mental health leadership role. Yet mental health is far more than the absence of illness – it also means having self-belief and the resilience to cope with stress and change. To teach such skills, staff must equip themselves and their workplaces with the procedures, understanding and confidence needed to monitor mental health, share concepts effectively and act appropriately if issues arise. Mental Health and Wellbeing in Secondary Education puts all the information they need at their fingertips – with guidance on creating a culture of wellbeing, warning signs to look out for, and overviews of how a range of common mental health and wellbeing problems can be identified and managed.


DR LAURA MEEK is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist and clinical tutor at Hull-York Medical School. She is interested in empowering young people to take charge of their mental health and has written articles for the Huffington Post and the Metro. She is the author of Be Your Own Superhero, published by Penguin in 2019, and Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Education published by Pavilion in 2020.

DR SARAH JORDAN is a Clinical Psychologist with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, and has worked with children and families for 17 years. She currently works in CAMHS and private practice, specialising in assessment, diagnosis and interventions for children with autism.

SARAH McKINLEY is a Deputy Head and SENCO at Danesgate Community, a specialist setting for pupils with SEMH needs in York. Her specialism is ADHD and she has led on mental health and wellbeing across the school and coordinated programmes for pupils and staff.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

Publication Date: End of May 2022

ISBN: 9781803880617


Table of Contents

Foreword by Mark Richardson


Part 1: Mental health, wellbeing and social and emotional learning

  1. Setting the context
  2. A whole school approach
  3. Building Emotional Intelligence
  4. Screen safety

Part 3: Mental health presentations and conditions

  1. Anxiety, Panic and OCD
  2. Low mood and depression
  3. Behaviours that challenge, anger and defiance
  4. Attachment difficulties and trauma
  5. Autism Spectrum Condition
  6. Difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and tics
  7. Eating disorders
  8. Psychosis

Part 4: Broader issues

  1. Substance misuse
  2. Gender identity and sexuality
  3. When a young person is admitted to a psychiatric hospital
  4. Transitions

Part 5: Resources

  1. Lesson plans and resources
  2. Glossary


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