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Healthy bodies, healthy minds
Boy in wheelchair laughing]

This module focuses on mental health and what it means for someone to be mentally healthy. It is important to appreciate why promoting and maintaining the emotional well-being of children with SLD/PMLD/CLDD is central to the work of teachers. You will also find out which approaches, strategies and interventions can help you achieve that objective.

Making an impact: Jade's medication

Jade speaks about the positive impact of medication on her well-being. She is supported by a range of professionals and medication is part of her intervention regime. She is taking positive action to manage her own health.

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Important questions

What is health? How would we know if someone was healthy?

What is mental health? How would we know if someone has good mental health?

What do we mean by wellbeing? What kinds of factors impact upon wellbeing?


Around one in eleven children in the UK are not happy with their lives. This is the finding of The Good Childhood Report published in January 2012 by the Children's Society.


What is good health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

World Health Organisation

Health is the basis for a good quality of life and mental health is of overriding importance in this

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Article 24

When we enjoy good health, we are able to make the most of the opportunities life has to offer. We can play a full part in our working lives, our family lives and our community lives … good health is fundamental to all our lives. We all treasure our own health, and the health of our families and friends. Good health is the bedrock on which we build strong families, strong communities …

Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation, 1999

Find out more


World Health Organisation, Official Records of the World Health Organization, no 2, p100.




Department of Health (1999) Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation. London: Department of Health.