We at nasen believe that – just like access to education – good social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) is an important right of every child and young person in our schools and colleges, as well as every member of the education workforce.
Our work around SEMH is an important element of our vision of an equitable educational experience for all children and young people – not only because good mental health is vital in its own right, but also because learners with SEND and / or learning differences may be more likely to experience anxiety around having to ‘fit into’ an education system that is poorly designed to meet specific conditions or additional needs.
To mark World Mental Health Day, we've collated this suite of resources to support you in reflecting on practice in your setting, and to help start conversations with children and young people. With everything from bite-sized online CPD units to a half day Youth Mental Health Aware course, we hope you find the right resource for your setting.
And because we know that at least 1 in 6 workers experience common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, we're keen to get adults talking, too. Next month's Universal SEND Services webinar - How to ensure balance between the role of SENCO and personal wellbeing - has a strong focus on SENCO wellbeing. Be sure to sign up today!
Today, as ever, the nasen team will continue to practice our Mental Health at Work Commitment – a set of actions that any organisation can follow to create a mentally healthy workplace culture by proactively promoting wellbeing, addressing the causes of work-related mental health problems, and supporting staff who are experiencing mental health problems.
However you choose to mark World Mental Health Day, we hope you feel better for it.
Specialist spotlight sessions with a focus on SEMH
We know that understanding is not the same as doing, so we encourage people to use the units as a first step, and to go out and test the approaches they learn about in their practice and to use them as a prompt to reflect on what is working well, and what could be better.
For anyone wanting to contextualise their learning further, these Specialist Spotlight discussion sessions are a great space in which to build on learning, to share experiences and seek advice.
A selection of our resources
Many of these resources have been shared as part of previous mental health awareness campaigns, but the themes explored within them are just as relevant today as when they were first published.