Centre for Mental Health to review impact of schools on young people’s wellbeing

9 April 2019

We’re delighted to announce that, in partnership with the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, we have been chosen by the Health Foundation to develop policy recommendations for action as part of the Young people’s future health inquiry.

About the young people’s future health inquiry

Throughout 2017 and 2018 the Health Foundation conducted research and engagement across the UK to understand the influences affecting the future health of young people aged 12-24.

The inquiry sought to understand the ability young people have to access the core building blocks of health – a place to call home, secure and rewarding work, and supportive relationships with their friends, family and community.

The Health Foundation has selected seven expert organisations to provide a deep dive into these building blocks of health.

Each of the expert organisations will be exploring how they impact on young people’s lives and develop recommendations for action. The final recommendations will be published by the Health Foundation in the Autumn.

The impact of schools on wellbeing 

Young people suggested rising pressure on academic performance in schools is enforcing a results-driven culture, with insufficient focus on real work experience and practical life skills. They highlighted this as a key factor for their mental health and emotional wellbeing across every location in A place to grow. Schools are a place where young people spend a large proportion of their time and the Health Foundation now seeks to understand the ways in which schools can play a positive and negative role in young people’s well-being.

Centre for Mental Health and the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition will feedback on the impact of schools on wellbeing and develop recommendations for action.

Learn more about the work of these organisations as part of the young people’s future health inquiry.

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