How Might Schools Influence Students’ Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviours?
This webinar was held in November 2015 and was presented by Dr Rhiannon Evans, Cardiff University
Self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: Exploring existing practices and future needs
This webinar was held in February 2017 and was presented by Dr Rhiannon Evans, Cardiff University
‘Looked after children’s’ health and wellbeing behaviour
This webinar was held in March 2017 and was presented by Dr Sara Long, Cardiff University
Student Health and Wellbeing: The Role of Support Staff Alongside Teaching Staff in Schools
This webinar was held in February 2019 and was presented by Dr Hannah Littlecott, Cardiff University
How does time-off in school holidays impact children and young people’s mental health?
This webinar was held in February 2020 and was presented by Dr Kelly Morgan, Cardiff University
These are short, school-friendly summaries of research studies that have been completed using SHRN data. Full papers for the studies are linked to below under ‘Research Papers’
National Briefing Papers:
Young People ‘Looked After’ in Wales: findings from the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey
At any given time, approximately 6,000 young people in Wales are in the care of their local authority. This briefing presents findings for a small selection of variables, including wellbeing, risk behaviours, school life and loneliness, for young people ‘looked after’ in Wales who live in different types of care setting, with data from young people not in care for comparison.
Student Wellbeing in Wales: Initial findings from the 2017/18 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey and School Health Research Network Student Health and Wellbeing Survey
Prevention of emotional and behavioural problems and promotion of positive wellbeing in children and young people, as well as reduction of child and adolescent health inequalities, are national priorities in Wales. This briefing presents findings for adolescents in Wales across a small selection of variables pertaining to wellbeing, including mental wellbeing, life satisfaction, feelings about school and loneliness.
Contact your local Healthy Schools team for advice on all aspects of wellbeing and emotional health and recommended local support and resources
MEIC, is a free 24-hour helpline for children and young people. MEIC provides advice and support for a range of issues, including bullying
Freephone 080880 23456
Online chat is also available
Barnardo’s Cymru works with children, young people and families in Wales to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.
Mind Cymru provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The website provides information leaflets for young people on a range of mental and emotional health issues.
Mind Infoline: 0300 1233393
Mind Cymru (with other charities) runs Time to Change Wales to end the stigma and discrimination of those faced with mental health problems.
ChildLine provides advice for young people on a range of issues including bullying, online and mobile safety and self-harm.
Freephone 0800 1111 (bilingual helpline)
1-2-1 online chat also available
The Childline Zipit app has useful phrases and light hearted images that young people can send back to someone if they ask for a nude or other sexual image.
Live Fear Free Welsh Government for advice on unhealthy relationships and resources for young people
For help and advice about an unhealthy relationship
Helpline: 0808 8010 800
Text: 078600 77333
Live chat service:
Hafan Cymru Spectrum Project domestic abuse schools programme works in primary and secondary schools across Wales to promote the importance of healthy relationships and raise awareness of abuse, its consequences and where to seek help. Staff will come to schools to run sessions for young people, staff and parents.
Call: 1267 225555
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales stands up for children and young people’s rights. This work links to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The website provides information and guidance for young people and staff in schools.
There for anyone who needs someone…
Free 24 hour helpline 116 123
Evans R, Parker R, Russell A, Mathews F, Ford T, Hewitt G, Scourfield J, Janssens A
Adolescent self‐harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: a survey of staff in England and Wales
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Melendez-Torres G, Hewitt G, Hallingberg B, Anthony R, Collishaw S, Hall J, Murphy S, Moore G
Measurement invariance properties and external construct validity of the short Warwick-Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale in a large national sample of secondary school students in Wales
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Morgan K, Melendez-Torres G, Bond A, Hawkins J, Hewitt G, Murphy S, Moore G
Socio-Economic Inequalities in Adolescent Summer Holiday Experiences, and Mental Wellbeing on Return to School: Analysis of the School Health Research Network/Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Survey in Wales
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Moore F, Anthony R, Hawkins J, Van Godwin J, Murphy S, Hewitt G, Melendez-Torres G
Socioeconomic status, mental wellbeing and transition to secondary school: Analysis of the School Health Research Network/Health Behaviour in School‐aged Children survey in Wales
British Educational Research Journal
Littlecott H, Moore G, Murphy S
Student health and well-being in secondary schools: the role of school support staff alongside teaching staff
Pastoral Care in Education
Moore G, Cox R, Evans R, Hallingberg B, Hawkins J, Littlecott H, Long S, Murphy S
School, Peer and Family Relationships and Adolescent Substance Use, Subjective Wellbeing and Mental Health Symptoms in Wales: a Cross Sectional Study
Child Indicators Research
Long S, Evans R, Fletcher A, Hewitt G, Murphy S, Young H, Moore G
Comparison of substance use, subjective well-being and interpersonal relationships among young people in foster care and private households: a cross sectional analysis of the School Health Research Network survey in Wales
Public Health Research