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Mental Health

How will the bad news cycle of recent years affect young people?

Research takes time. As yet, what we have tends to address one, or at most two or three potential stressors in the news cycle at a time. There is much useful information in that research, but there...

Psychosis: Looking at recent research

We have long believed that having a first-degree relative (such as a parent or sibling) with psychosis raises an individual's risk of a similar diagnosis. However, the role of genes in triggering...

Adverse childhood experiences, safeguarding and the role of the school nurse in promoting resilience and wellbeing

A literature search was carried out using academic databases (CINAHL complete database, Medline and Google Scholar). The following key words (school nurse, adverse childhood experiences, resilience,...

PTSD: Mental health in the COVID-19 pandemic

Severe depression or anxiety are noxious and debilitating, and certainly warrant serious concern, but it is PTSD that concerns many experts the most. The symptoms of PTSD are particularly challenging,...

Helping children and young people to appraise risk in difficult times

‘Rates of anxiety and depression have doubled in the past 2 years, affecting all age groups but particularly teenagers. This is scarcely surprising: the pandemic and climate change present...

Fostering resilience

‘The roots of individual differences [in resilience] lie in innate temperament, which is very strongly influenced by genetics…But genes do not wholly determine how robust a personality an individual...

Behaviour: Promoting inclusion using a trauma-informed approach

Trauma rewires the brain. When we are in danger our thinking, speaking brains shut down and we go into fight, flight, freeze or faint mode. When that happens repeatedly or continuously this can end up...

Mental health and wellbeing: 10 challenges post-lockdown

Everyone is going through a tough time and even the most resilient pupils are likely to find that their wellbeing takes a hit. Pupils might seem more anxious than usual; they may be more irritable,...

Mental health and COVID-19: Advice for teachers

More than anything right now, children need to feel comforted. That can be difficult especially when working remotely, but there are simple things that can be done..

Agression: Managing aggressive behaviour in students

Sometimes, where aggression is persistent, serious and does not respond to the interventions available within a school, the possibility of exclusion is likely to be considered. Often, that is the...

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