Getting back to school

Looking after your mental health

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We recognise that this period has been exceptionally difficult for children and young people in the borough and that students, parents, carers and teachers are all likely to be feeling anxious about returning to nursery, school or college. 

We all know the importance of education for children and the adverse effect of being out of school has been widely reported nationally.

Evidence is emerging that some groups of children are more likely to be negatively impacted by home learning than others and that it is important for children to return to school to prevent a widening of health, social and educational inequalities.

For most children, learning at home will not be as effective as learning directly with their teacher and peers at school. They are also more likely to be missing out on opportunities for social and emotional development and may be at increased risk of poor mental health by staying at home.

The Mayor of London is working with hundreds of London’s health, care, charity, education and business organisations through Thrive LDN to ensure the mental health of Londoners’ remains a priority during these worrying and testing times for the city.

Help and resources for schools to support the mental health of their staff and students can be found in the Schools Mental Health Toolkit.

For parents and carers, the Government has produced guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.


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