Jigsaw Schools Hub
Schools are a key setting for the promotion of youth mental health and wellbeing.
“Promoting the wellbeing of our children and young people is a shared community responsibility and is everyone’s business”. *Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice, DES, 2018-2023
At Jigsaw, we know that learning and wellbeing go hand in hand and that a young person’s experience at school can shape the course of the rest of their lives. We support schools to adopt a whole-school approach through the provision of resources for teaching about wellbeing, up-to-date information and guidance for school leaders, a focus on staff self-care and a range of elearning options for school staff and parents.
Youth mental health and wellbeing toolkit
Jigsaw developed a youth mental health and wellbeing toolkit for school staff to build the mental health literacy of young people.
Section 1 will help define mental health and give students space to examine types of support.
Section 2 will support young people to understand what can help, and also challenge their mental health and wellbeing.
Section 3 will provide young people with the space to discuss the impact Covid-19 may have had on their school life.
Section 4 outlines ways to identify and explore feelings in the classroom. It also looks at strategies to manage feelings.
Section 5 helps students to think about their strengths. It also supports them to be hopeful about the future, using a strengths-based approach.
The emotional ask of teachers and school staff has been significant over the last year. School staff have had to navigate their changing environment and support young people in their classrooms to do the same.Staff wellbeing and self-care
This is a time for school leaders to look at developing a ‘whole-school’ approach to mental health and wellbeing. Taking a whole-school approach will enable schools to adopt a universal approach that staff, students and parents can benefit from.
The global pandemic has created a wave of uncertainty. Nowhere is this more evident than in schools.
Here are a number of strategies you can consider to promote and support staff mental health and wellbeing.
Practical ways to begin to consider your own self-care strategies