Mental health and behaviour in schools

How schools can support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour.

Applies to England


Mental health and behaviour in schools


This guidance is for school staff and applies to all schools.

It gives advice on:

  • how to create a whole school culture, including promoting positive mental health
  • understanding the link between mental health and behaviour
  • how to identify children with possible mental health problems
  • where and how to put in place support, including working with external agencies where required

It also provides links to sources of further support and guidance.

The intervention and support guidance may also be useful for colleges and other post-16 institutions.

Behaviour and discipline in schools: guidance for headteachers and staff is also available.

Updates to this page

Published 16 June 2014
Last updated 12 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated with information about school responsibilities, and how to identify behaviours that may be related to a mental health problem. Also working with other professionals and external agencies, and where to find extra support.

  2. Reviewed source documents and updated references and website links.

  3. Advice reviewed to ensure web links and references are up-to-date. It also includes information on new policies such as the SEND code of practice and advice on school counselling.

  4. First published.

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