STOP Stigma is a resource which aims to increase Year 9 students’ awareness of stigma linked to mental health problems, the role of language in stigmatisation and to reduce stigma by increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of mental health problems.
Teachers and school staff are crucial to the success of STOP Stigma. This is in the delivery of sessions in the classroom and providing signposting and support to students. It is also important in the wider school ethos and whole school approach to wellbeing.
You do not need to be an expert in mental health to deliver the sessions included in the STOP Stigma resource. We recognise that some teachers may feel that they lack confidence to discuss issues about stigma and mental health in the classroom so STOP Stigma has been written to provide teachers with a comprehensive resource containing a scheme of work, detailed session plans, resources and whiteboard materials.
In addition the resource is backed up with a training session for teachers/school staff covering an introduction to mental health awareness and the resource itself.