28 Mar 2018

Superunion launches mental health website for schools

This month the “Mentally Healthy Schools” website launched, which provides primary school staff with resources to support their pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

Photo credit: The Royal Foundation

The website is the latest initiative by Heads Together - the mental health awareness campaign lead by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - and was designed and built by us here at Superunion.

One in ten children have a diagnosable mental health problem. Many primary school staff struggle to find the information and tools they need to support these children, and many don’t feel confident in recognising and approaching mental health issues. 

When they searched online for guidance previously, the already stretched staff had to navigate through an overwhelming amount of information and weren’t sure which resources they could trust. Furthermore, school computers often have imposed restrictions, such as default old browsers or blocking sites such as YouTube, which was yet another challenge faced by primary school staff looking for help on mental health issues.

We set out to overcome these challenges, and provide staff with the age-appropriate and practical resources and guidance they need. The website is designed to be user-friendly, intuitive to use, and easy to understand. It provides staff with free reliable information to help them support their pupils with resources such as lesson plans, classroom materials, and jargon-free advice on how to approach mental health issues.

We developed the website with longstanding client, The Royal Foundation, and its charity partners; the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Young Minds and Place2Be. Additional expert guidance was provided from the Centre for Mental Health and the NAHT. The charity partners have ensured that every resource goes through a rigorous quality assurance process.

Since the public launch on March 14th, the website has had over 20.1k new users and there has been a lot of positive feedback on social media including:

Absolutely amazing. There is such a need for this. Thank you everyone who made this happen!

This is brilliant and much needed. So reassuring to see momentum gathering on this issue.

The website looks awesome! Really useful, thank you.

I love your new website and will be recommending it to the schools I work with.

This is absolutely fantastic. I am sharing with my @schoolnurses colleagues in the US. Thank you for open access to these actionable resources!

View Mentally Healthy Schools website.