Why is Generation Be so passionate about Mental Health in schools?

Through my experience as a teaching professional I have experienced first-hand the effects of anxiety, stress related conditions, depression and behavioural issues in schools and families and have witnessed the positive results of mindfulness, movement-based strategies and empowering environments on these children and adults. My experience is also backed up by a plethora of research and reports, identifying the key issues and supporting the work that we do at Generation Be.


Capitalising on opportunities to provide children with supportive environments early may be key for ensuring good mental health and wellbeing for all children and young people.

More children are unhappy now than 10 years ago. 1 in 10 children suffer from mental health problems.
The State of the Nation Report 2019.


Self-harm rates have been reported as increasing, to which self-harm in young people is contributing and rates of emotional disorders in children and young people seem to have risen since the mid 1970s.
Suicide in children and young people in England, Aug 2016

Mental Health issues are on the rise

At Generation Be we believe that teaching children about their own mental health is vitally important for life’s journey. Mental health is an issue that has traditionally been a taboo, but by approaching it in a fun and physical way to young people, we demonstrate that it is alright to feel these emotions and that there are tools and strategies that can be used to enable them to manage and understand their own mental and emotional wellbeing thereby preventing mental illness at that time or even later in life.

NHSDigital Mental Health 2019

One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017.

In primary school aged children (5 to 10-year olds), one in ten had a mental disorder, increasing to one in seven children of secondary school age (11 to 16 year olds).

Department for Education. State of the Nation 2019: Children and Young People's Wellbeing. London, UK; 2019

A recent report on children and young people's wellbeing from the Department for Education found that young people's wellbeing decreases across adolescence, with 13/15 year olds reporting lower life satisfaction than children aged 10/12

Olivia Rudgard
Telegraph.co.uk. 29 August 2018

One in four 14-year-old girls has self-harmed.


Trends over time can be produced for 5 to 15-year olds, in whom there has been an upward trend in the prevalence of any disorder (9.7% in 1999, 10.1% in 2004, and 11.2% in 2017).

Building nervous system resilience through mindfulness is an effective remedy

Research shows that that movement and mindfulness techniques can alleviate the symptoms and the negative feelings and thoughts that are associated with mental health issues. Generation Be specialises in targeted, holistic programmes in order to nurture happy, healthy people who are able to thrive.

Qigong and Tai-Chi have beneficial effects on psychological well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Qigong and Tai-Chi for Mood Regulation 24th Jan 2018

Science Direct

Individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the mindfulness group had a greater drop in stress-related ACTH hormone. The effect of mindfulness meditation training on biological acute stress responses in generalized anxiety disorder. April 2018. Read More >>

Harvard Health Publishing

The repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body. Research suggests that chronic stress contributes to high blood pressure, promotes the formation of artery-clogging deposits, and causes brain changes that may contribute to anxiety, depression, and addiction. Read More >>

Growing up with mental Health concerns

Research shows that mental health becomes more prevalent in adolescence and adulthood; if we can teach children from an early age about understanding themselves and others, we can provide the tools they need to regulate their emotions, experiences, habits and behaviours as they move through school into adulthood.

Office for National Statistics

We found that 1 in 18 preschool children experienced difficulties with their mental health and that boys (1 in 15) were more likely than girls (1 in 24) to have a mental disorder. Read More >>


Stress results in changes in the structure of the adolescent brain. The impact of stress on the structure of the adolescent brain: Implications for adolescent mental health, 1st Jan 2017. Read More >>


Girls suffer more with a mental disorder as they hit puberty. Read More >>

Richard Sly
Sept 2018 TES 'Why we need to teach 4-year olds mindfulness'.

In 2017 the House of Commons Cross Party Education Committee concluded that SATs tests were placing teachers in a 'high stakes' system of testing, damaging their mental health and wellbeing.

The impact of living at home with a grown up with a mental health problem of family issues

At Generation Be we have a plan that covers families and all members. We offer the option for us to work within the home for a whole, consistent family approach so all can grow and support each other together. We also offer individual family member support.

Jodie D, Vizard T, Forbes N, Pearce N, Nafilyan V, Merad S, et al
Mental Health of Children and Young People in England, 2017: Predictors of mental disorders. 2019. NHS Digital

Children whose parents reported poor mental health, or whose parents received income or disability benefits, were much more likely to have a mental health problem than those whose parents did not.


Mental Health Foundation with YouGov in August of 2019, showed that over 1 in 5 young adults (21%) say that the main place where they live has a negative effect on their mental health. Read More >>

Children growing up in households where an adult has a diagnosed mental health problem, the child is more likely to be affected.

The Good Childhood Report

Young people's happiness is at its lowest since 2010.

Inclusive Environments

We believe in empowering all to become their best selves, so Generation Be is qualified in the SEND CoP and is also YMHFA trained. By creating programmes to support individuals, including those on the SEND register, those who have SEMH needs and those who have EAL, we can help create an inclusive environment where everyone belongs and feels that their presence is valued and accepted.

Across all schools, the number of pupils with special educational needs has risen for the second consecutive year, from 1,244,255 (14.4% of pupils) in January 2017 to 1,276,215 (14.6%) in January 2018.

Department for Education, Special Needs in England 2018

17.5% on SEN Support had an SEMH need with 12.8% having a statement or EHC Plan.

Youth with ASD, (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), without co?occurring intellectual disability experience high levels of intolerance of uncertainty (IU), which is related to anxiety. This study found that IU may also have a relationship with certain aspects of ASD, particularly emotion dysregulation. Relationships between autism spectrum disorder and intolerance of uncertainty, 7th Jan 2018. Read More >>

Teachers are more stressed

By adopting a positive whole-school approach, the entire school community can benefit from healthier minds and adopt strategies to help strengthen and grow their own mental health resulting in well-regulated cohesive staff, teams and communities.

2018 Teacher Wellbeing Index

67% of education professionals are stressed 57% are considering leaving teaching due to health concerns.

The Guardian

More than eight out of 10 teachers say mental health among pupils in England has deteriorated in the past two years ? with rising reports of anxiety, self-harm and even cases of suicide against a backdrop of inadequate support in schools. Read More >>

Teacher Wellbeing Index 2018 Education Support Partnership and You Gov

74% say the inability to switch off from work is the major contributing factor to a negative work life balance and 72% say workload is the main reason for considering leaving their jobs.

Government and Ofsted Intervention
Department of Education

The Government identified the severity of mental health in schools and will introduce the role of Senior Health leads in schools. Generation Be follows the Governments guidelines and can train up designated staff to fill this role acting as a mentor and long-term mental health partnership.


Whether you use Generation Be as your mental health lead, invite us to your school for training, weekly sessions, targeted, individual support or even adopt us as a strategic partner to tackle specific mental health needs and approach wellbeing as part of the schools culture, we can help satisfy Ofsted’s requirements.

Dept of Education, 2018, Mental Health and Behaviour in schools

Schools have a central role to play in enabling their pupils to be resilient and to support good mental health for all pupils... a schools approach to mental health and behaviour should be part of a consistent whole school approach to mental Health and wellbeing.

Recently released their new inspection framework which sets out that from September 2019 schools will be judged on keeping students mentally healthy, nurturing pupil resilience and managing pressure on staff