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Emotional Health and Well-Being

Emotional Health and Well-Being
A Practical Guide for Schools

First Edition

240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Secondary school is the place where young people are most constrained, observed and challenged to develop. This is not necessarily a stress free process, either for the young person, or for teachers and parents. This book describes behaviors, both disruptive and secretive, which indicates emotional distress. It looks at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and addresses the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss, and bereavement.

The authors show what schools can do to develop practices grounded in knowledge about the mental health issues which relate to young people. In an accessible way, they present a range of strategies which practitioners have shown to be effective. They focus especially on methods and policies, which have been scientifically evaluated, or which are considered best practice.

Issues and interventions are illustrated throughout with case studies drawn from the authors' own practice and experience. Each of the authors has a longstanding interest ways of creating supportive environments to prevent distress and to facilitate resilience in the young.

This book is essential reading for secondary school teachers, educational psychologists, education welfare officers, and all those with pastoral care responsibilities.

The Stigma of Mental Health Difficulties
Why Should Schools be Involved?
Schools in a Social Setting
Why Intervene at Whole School Level?
Where to Start in Matching an Intervention to your School
Creating a School Community
Disaffected Young People
Violent Behaviours
Bullying Behaviours
Sexual Health
Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Abuse
The Socially Isolated/Children in the Autistic/Aspergers Spectrum
Helping Children Deal with Loss
Eating Problems
Deliberate Self Harm
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Accessing Outside Help
Predicting the Difficulties
Review and Evaluation

`This publication is a valuable and timely contribution to the current investigations into the behaviours of children and young people that impact on their emotional health. The book will serve as a practical guide for schools addressing the problem as they see it, the case studies vividly illustrating situations and behaviours that teachers will readily recognise. This is a well structured book. [It] deserves to be read and can serve as a source of information on how various behaviours have been defined, investigated and addressed. It will be of value to any school, much more than a topical or interesting read but as the basis of an institutional response to a problem seriously affecting educational achievement for individuals and schools. It would particularly serve as a stimulus to in-service training for teachers and support staff' - George Varnava, Young Minds Magazine

'Each of the authors has considerable relevant expertise so the text is rich both in research data and examples, including case studies, from their experience. Readers will find a wealth of practical advice and encouragement that is balanced by the acknowledgement of the limitations of individual interventions and the potential costs, overt and hidden, of each one. A whole-school approach is advocated and exemplified, including schools that have considered the needs of the staff' - Child and Adolescent Mental Health

`This work would be of use throughout all age ranges as the different problems and strategies are very easily accessible with a lot of proven, practical support. Professor Cowie and he colleagues have produced a valuable tool for use in all schools on both micro and macro level' - Education Review

'The strengths of this book are its readability, the way in which case studies and practical examples are used to support and illustrate different interventions, and the links to appropriate resources. A broad range of mental health issues is covered' - Debate

Not relevant to the module I was delivering.

Miss Lisa Holland
teacher education, Tameside College
June 7, 2023

This text supports learners understanding of the key terms emotional health & wellbeing. The text uses examples and definitions to support understanding professional terms.

Mrs leanne Hall
International & Continuing Education, Tyne Metropolitan College
May 2, 2019

This book contains some really valuable explanations to why some young people display certain behaviours and helps us to understand the links between emotional health and wellbeing and behaviours.

Miss Hannah Jones
Youth and Community Studies, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 30, 2015

I will use this as a supplement for students who are specifically interested in well-being.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
June 9, 2015

Well laid out and recommended essential read for those involved emotional health and well being in the school environment.

Mr Phillip Bowen
Northampton Business School, Northampton Univ.
June 30, 2014

Particularly useful for our current module, childhood health and well-being. Some useful information that helps clarify issues surrounding social and emotional issues for children.

Miss Lisa Holland
Education , Tameside College
May 17, 2014

The emphasis on a Whole School Approach was particularly useful. Chapters on specific difficulties clear and well written.

Ms Fiona Jennings
Dept of Education, St Angela's College
October 1, 2013

This is exactly what it says on the cover: "A Practical Guide for Schools". It has pertinent resources and it offers sound guidance for emotional health and well-being within the school environment.

Dr Bill Naylor
Development & Society, Sheffield Hallam University
September 9, 2013

Good book for supporting Pastoral care within FE, not suitable for course

Miss Kayleigh Robinson
Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute
August 27, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of the Introduction

Helen Cowie

Christine Boardman

Judith Barnsley

Dawn Jennifer

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