Quite a recent development in the development of learning has been more systematic explorations of what constitutes mental health and well-being. A shorthand term for many of these related approaches is ‘resilience’.
Clearly there are growing concerns about the mental well-being of young people passing through statutory education, and this can either be seen as a belated acknowledgement of the importance of well-being in the development of the child, or a recognition that there are particular pressures in contemporary society bringing the issue of well-being to the fore as it is seen to be impacting on the health and progress of the child.
Either way, a more fundamental approach to supporting the development of the child in a more holistic way is long overdue. Critically this will require a more systematic approach than that usually found within the resources and skill base of the individual school, so engagement with healthcare and social service practitioners will need to underpin an effective system.
This infographic outlines some key facets of mental resilience and well-being…