World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October every year as an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. The theme for 2022 is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority‘.

This is particularly poignant for learners and educators after two years of disruption across all levels of education. As schools have re-opened and education begins to recover, it is important to pay attention not just to learning assessment scores but the mental health, socio-emotional learning and wellbeing of learners. Teachers also need support themselves to be able to support their students.

Several blogs on the UKFIET website highlight initiatives being undertaken to support learners and educators, as well as understand this area better.

COVID-19-related school closures in Ghana: Unequal effects on students’ learning opportunities, educational achievement and mental health

Teachers in Conflict Can Support Students’ Mental Health — If We Invest in Theirs

Finding synergies between socio-emotional learning and mental health and psychosocial wellbeing

Supporting Students’ Socio-Emotional Learning, Mental Health, and Wellbeing During and Beyond COVID-19

Opinion: How to treat the learning crisis like a health crisis

Socioemotional Learning (SEL) and EdTech – Opportunities for Turbulent Times

Adopting a holistic approach to examining learning loss as a result of school closures in Ethiopia: including socio-emotional learning