How teachers can support students to talk about their mental health

Providing an open and judgement free space where students can openly express how they’re feeling and be listened to is one of the many ways that educational environments and schools can lay the foundations for creating an open dialogue with their students. In turn this can get the ball rolling for setting up support networks for those needing further help and provide students with confidence in being able to get support when they ask for it.

Teachers can encourage healthier attitudes by removing obstacles that hinder students from being able to discuss their mental health and providing coping skills.

In this infographic the team look at how teachers can support students to talk about their mental health.

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  1. Be a positive role model when talking about mental health.
  2. Encourage students to support and listen to each other.
  3. Demonstrate the positive benefits of talking about feelings and emotions.
  4. Highlight positive role models within the media and the good work they are doing for mental health.
  5. Teach students some simple coping skills and benefits of using these.
  6. Set aside time each week for students to practice some self-care.
  7. Show that talking about mental health is a sign of strengths not weaknesses.
  8. Create a mental health friendly environment where students are not afraid to open up.
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