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Mental Health awareness school resources

Learning type: Classroom activity
Category: Author/book resource
Programme: Reading Schools, Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour
Language: English
Age group: 6-8, 9-11

The following resources can be used in your school to explore mental health and wellbeing. You can use these for a project during Children's Mental Health Week(this link will open in a new window), or throughout the year to focus on developing pupils' understanding of mental health, wellbeing and emotional literacy through reading and writing.

To watch

Watch our Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour event with Jion Sheibani discussing her book The Worries. If you want to make your own worry dolls, see our resource on using picture books to explore bereavement for inspiration(this link will open in a new window). You can also find a resource pack for exploring The Worries your class below.

Video The Worries with Jion Sheibani

Find your next read

Explore our book lists that feature books about mental health and wellbeing including:

Authors in your school

You can apply for Live Literature funding to bring an author into your school, including authors who have written about health, including mental health and wellbeing. This is a great way to help educate and inspire pupils and help them hear about new perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. Find out more about applying for Live Literature funding with our online guide.

Through our Authors Live on Demand catalogue, you can also access broadcasts with authors discussing mental health including Tom Percival discussing drawing emotions and Mark Bradley looking at the connections between comics and wellbeing.

Further resources

Extra activity: Build a rainbow with Emily Hamilton!

Emily Hamilton, illustrator of The World Made a Rainbow shows how to create your own happiness rainbow!