One of the largest mental health trials in the world launches in UK schools

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  • Up to 370 schools to join one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing
  • New mental health assessments for children entering the care system to be piloted in nine areas
  • Education Secretary marks Children’s Mental Health Week by highlighting practical skills and techniques that support pupils’ wellbeing in school

Hundreds of children and young people will learn how to use a range of innovative techniques to promote good mental health through one of the largest studies in the world of its kind, led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families with UCL.

To mark Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 February), the Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that up to 370 schools in England will take part in a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health.

Children will benefit from mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions, alongside pupil sessions with mental health experts. The study will run until 2021 and aims to give schools new, robust evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.

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