Research and briefings

Research and briefings supporting mental health in schools.

In this section, you can view research reports and briefings below or click on journal articles to access a selection of primary research articles.


  • Website Annual bullying survey 2014

    The annual bullying survey is one of the UK’s most comprehensive reports into the bullying of young people. In partnership with 36 schools and colleges across the UK, this survey of over 3,600 young people highlights the current climate of bullying amongst 13-18 year olds.

    Publisher: Ditch the label
    Published Date: 16/04/2014

  • Website A systematic review of school-based suicide prevention programs

    CRD Summary: The review concluded that some school-based suicide prevention programmes had more evidence than others, but the limited evaluation data meant specific programmes could not be recommended as best practice. These conclusions appear to be reasonably cautious, but, considering the basic approaches used to evaluate and synthesise the studies, their reliability is uncertain.

    Publisher: Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York
    Published Date: 06/08/2013

  • Website Medical News Today: Strong link between bullying and suicide

    An expert panel from the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports that bullying can have long-lasting and damaging effects which can persist for months and even years.

    Publisher: Medical News Today, 19th June 2013
    Published Date: 25/06/2013

  • Website Science Daily: Mindfulness can increase wellbeing and reduce stress in school children

    This study aimed to demonstrate how Mindfullness - a mental training that develops sustained attention that can change the ways people think, act and feel - can be used in schools to reduce symptoms of stress and depression and promote wellbeing.

    Publisher: Science Daily, 19th June 2013
    Published Date: 25/06/2013

  • Website Therapeutic outcomes in the Welsh Government's school-based counselling strategy: an evaluation

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of school-based counselling, as delivered in the Welsh Government's School-based Counselling Strategy, for reducing psychological distress in young people aged 11–18.

    Publisher: Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, v. 13 (2) 2013
    Published Date: 05/06/2013

  • Website School-based prevention and reduction of depression in adolescents: a cluster-randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness group program

    The aim of the study was to conduct the first randomised controlled trial of the efficacy of a group mindfulness programme aimed at reducing and preventing depression in an adolescent school-based population. The findings suggest that school-based mindfulness programmes can help to reduce and prevent depression in adolescents.

    Publisher: Mindfulness, March 2013
    Published Date: 20/03/2013

  • Website Our school nurse: young people’s views on the role of the school nurse

    The British Youth Council (BYC) was invited by the Department of Health to feed the views of secondary school aged young people into its School Nurse programme of development. This report presents the results of the consultation process with young children. Four key themes emerged: School nurses need to be visible and well known amongst school-aged children and young people; School nurses need to offer early help to support young people; School nursing services need to offer choice to young people in order to be accessible and confidential; Young people want to be able to offer their views about the service they receive.

    Publisher: British Youth Council
    Published Date: 29/11/2011

  • Website Me and My School: findings from the national evaluation of Targeted Mental Health in Schools 2008-2011

    Report of the national evaluation of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme. It looks at: the impact of TaMHS provision; does the additional provision of support materials enhance the effect of TaMHS provision on pupil mental health?; what different approaches and resources are used to provide targeted mental health in schools?; what factors are associated with changes in pupil mental health for schools implementing targeted mental health?;how is targeted mental health provision experienced by project workers, school staff, parents and pupils and what lessons are there for future implementation?

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 28/11/2011

  • Website Evaluation of the Welsh school-based counselling strategy: final report

    This report evaluates the strategy and makes recommendations for the Welsh Government, local authorities and schools. It supercedes the Evaluation of Welsh School-based Counselling: Stage One Report published in July 2011.

    Publisher: Welsh Government
    Published Date: 04/11/2011

  • Website Supporting children with challenging behaviour through a nurture group approach

    This survey examines the use of nurture groups and related provision in a small sample of 29 infant, first and primary schools for pupils showing signs of behavioural, social or emotional difficulties. The survey considers what makes nurture group provision successful and evaluates the impact on the pupils and their families.

    Publisher: Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skill
    Published Date: 12/07/2011

  • Website The class of 2011 yearbook: how happy are young people and why does it matter?

    This report from Relate calls for statutory provision of counselling services in primary and secondary schools across England. The report, gives a worrying overview of the issues that an average class of 15 year olds face.

    Publisher: Relate
    Published Date: 01/06/2011

  • Website UK Resilience Programme evaluation: final report

    The UK Resilience Programme (UKRP) aims to improve children’s psychological well-being by building resilience and promoting accurate thinking. Three local authorities launched it in the 2007-08 academic year with workshops delivered to Year 7 pupils in secondary schools. This report presents findings from the Resilience Programme evaluation. It aims to investigate whether the programme (previously trialled in small samples) can be delivered at scale and whether it has an impact on children’s well-being, behaviour, attendance and academic attainment.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 03/05/2011

  • Website The use and effectiveness of anti-bullying strategies in schools

    The project was designed to examine which strategies schools in England use to deal with episodes of bullying, which are supported by local authorities, why schools choose these strategies, and how choice of strategy varies by sector and type of bullying. It also aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of strategies, from the perspective of the anti-bullying lead, pupils and other school personnel; and to make a final report and recommendations to Department for Education (DfE). A further aim was to provide some evaluation of the peer mentoring pilot scheme commissioned by the former Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 03/05/2011

  • Website Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: the economic case

    This report presents the key findings of a project on the economic case for mental health promotion and prevention, based on a detailed analysis of costs and benefits for fifteen different interventions.

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 14/04/2011

  • Website Building emotional resilience in Denny Schools (BERDS): a pilot intervention: evaluation report

    Led by YoungMinds in partnership with the Denny school cluster (Falkirk, Scotland) (comprising seven primary schools and one secondary school), the overall aim of the pilot was to develop an integrated, holistic approach to building emotional resilience and wellbeing within the cluster, with a specific focus on supporting the transition from primary to secondary school.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 01/06/2009

  • Website Common mental health problems: supporting school staff by taking positive action

    This guidance from DCSF focuses on common mental health problems in schools, but it is not intended to tackle specific issues such as those relating to school organisation, as there are other sources of information and support which schools can use.

    Publisher: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
    Published Date: 20/06/2008

  • Website Falkirk: Creating emotional resilience in schools

    Led by YoungMinds, and funded by the Scottish Executive, Falkirk Council and HeadsUpScotland, this project is piloting a systemic approach to developing emotional resilience in a school cluster in Falkirk, over an 18-month period.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 20/02/2008

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Right time, right place: learning from the Children's National Service Framework Development Initiatives for psychological well-being and mental health, 2005-2007

    This report outlines the progress of 19 projects, which set out to develop innovative practice. This was a joint initiative from the DH and the then DfES. The projects were funded through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Grant in 2005, which targeted innovations seeking to address the priorities covered in the CAMHS Standard of the Children’s National Service Framework. It showcases the projects and their evaluations and develops thematic links - drawing out the learning from each project and from those projects working in similar areas.

    Publisher: Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)
    Published Date: 18/01/2008

  • Website Making sense of mental health: the emotional wellbeing of children and young people with complex needs in school

    A report of a study of the emotional wellbeing of pupils with special education needs (SEN) commissioned by the National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS). The study examined the practice and policy in member schools.

    Publisher: NASS
    Published Date: 06/07/2007


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