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Special Interest Group

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education

This SIG brings together academics, practitioners and others who have a shared interest in mental health and wellbeing in relation to education. Within this special interest area, it aims to:

  • raise awareness of and promote mental health and wellbeing in education at all levels
  • encourage and support research;
  • create a dynamic forum for discussion of pertinent issues, knowledge exchange and critical engagement;
  • facilitate networking and information-sharing and provide a forum of support;
  • influence policy and practice

The Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education SIG complements the current range by offering a unique space to focus specifically on mental health and wellbeing issues in education. Moreover, as mental health and wellbeing pervade many aspects of education, there is the opportunity to link with some of the other SIGS and foster relevant collaborations.


Mental Health on Record: A film created by young people

‘Mental Health on Record’ is a stop-motion animation film made by a group of young people which explores how contemporary views on mental health can be used to interpret historical records from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The project was run by the Education team at the National Archives in partnership with Richmond Borough Mind.

This film can be used to support KS3 and KS4 Health Education elements of the PSHE curriculum. You can view the video in full by following the link below and explore the lesson activities provided on the National Archives web pages:

Follow this link to view:

Looking after your self-ie: A guide to finding your balance on and offline
The Royal Society for Public health (RSPH) has developed a free, open access e-learning Looking after your self-ie: A guide to finding your balance on and offline, which aims to help social media users to build a meaningful, more balanced relationship with platforms. The programme focusses on awareness-raising; encouraging meaningful use by educating users on the potential harms and benefits of social media. Relevant to members of the public of all ages, the resource explores social media’s impact on loneliness, relationships, self-image, self-esteem, sleep, online trolling and bullying. To access the guide, click on the following link:

Useful Links

Twitter: @EdandHealth

SIG Convenors

Anthea Rose
Anthea Rose, Dr

Research Fellow at University of Lincoln

Dr Anthea Rose is an experienced cross-discipline education and social science researcher with a specific interest in mental health, gender and social justice. Her work is framed within education and social policy and she is particularly...

Michelle Jayman, Dr

Researcher/Lecturer at University of Roehampton

Michelle Jayman is a developmental psychologist with a strong background in education and extensive work experience in schools. She is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a Champion for the British Psychological Society...

Jonathan Glazzard, Professor

Professor of Inclusive Education at Leeds Beckett University

Jonathan Glazzard is Professor of Inclusive Education at Leeds Beckett University. He is Director for the Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education and he researches mental health, disability and early reading development in children and young...

Content associated with this SIG

Neuromyths in schools

In recent years, much interest has been focused on the application of neuroscience in daily lessons and pedagogies (Canbulat & Kiriktas, 2017; Dekker et al., 2012). As a result, the new concept of...

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Blog post1 Sep 2021