Supporting Pupils with Mental Health Difficulties


Three children and young people in every classroom experience mental health problems in the UK. The figure for children in care is even high with four times more likely to struggle with poor mental health than their peers who are not in care. Teachers have an important role to play in supporting children to be mentally healthy, and knowing the signs can help aid early appropriate intervention. This course enables learners gain the necessary knowledge to understand mental health and identify signs and symptoms. It provides clear guidelines as to your role in supporting children with mental health difficulties.

How can schools help support pupils?

There is a deepening crisis affecting children and young people’s mental health in England.  Three children in every classroom experience a clinically diagnosable condition.  The numbers requiring help is increasing against a background of funding cuts and reduction in services such as CAHMS. The lack of early and appropriate support often means that emerging mental health problems escalate further and require more significant intervention.


In January 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to the nation about how the government is planning to transform mental health support in this country. In her speech she said:


‘This starts with ensuring that children and young people get the help and support they need and deserve – because we know that mental illness too often starts in childhood and that when left untreated, can blight lives, and become entrenched.’


Our schools increasingly find themselves in the frontline of the crisis in children and young people’s mental health. Pressure on teachers and support staff is increasing as secondary schools are expected to be at the heart of early intervention provision for children and young people with emerging, low-level mental health problems.


The AC Education course has been written by education experts and psychologists to help all those working in Education understand what influences good mental health and what signs and symptoms you should look out for.  The course considers how to talk to pupils that you may be concerned about and how to fulfil your safeguarding obligations in low to medium risk situations and crisis situations.


About the course

What it covers:

This course covers the following topics

  • What factors influence mental health including signs and symptoms
  • How to start conversations about mental health
  • How to deal with low to medium risk situations and how to respond to a crisis situation
  • Your safeguarding responsibilities


This course has been written to meet the advice from the Department of Education guidance ‘Mental health and behaviour in schools’

More information on Supporting Pupils with Mental Health Difficulties

If you would like to take the Supporting Pupils with Mental Health difficulties online course or find out more information please fill in our form and we’ll call you back.

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Learning outcomes

  • To understand what is mental health
  • To understand how poor mental health can affect adolescents
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of poor mental health
  • To understand what you can do to help a young person with mental health issues
  • To know what to do when there is a low to medium concern for a young person’s mental health
  • To know how to help a young person with mental health difficulties who has been found in a crisis situation

Course rating

The course improved my confidence in working with young people who suffer from mental health difficulties. the section how to have a conversation with a child who I was concerned about was very useful and I have been able to reflect on this and apply in the classroom.

Secondary school teacher
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