A systemic, whole-school approach to mental health and well-being in schools in the EU

This webinar showcased how schools in Europe can prioritise and actively promote the mental health and well-being of schoolchildren within safe and inclusive contexts.

10 December 2021 | Duration 71 min

Communicative activity


What was this webinar about?

There is a general consensus that academic knowledge on its own is not enough for young people to achieve active citizenship and face the socio-economic realities in their lives so as to avoid inequity, poverty, discrimination, marginalisation and exclusion. Twenty-first-century education needs to go beyond narrow sectoral goals such as academic achievement and contribute actively towards the health and wellbeing of children and young people, whose mental health needs are becoming more evident and demanding.

In the webinar, a framework on how well-being and mental health in schools may be promoted through a systemic, whole-school approach will be presented, with illustrations of how this may be implemented in the curriculum, the classroom context and the whole-school ecology. A whole-school approach mobilises the various resources of the whole school community, including the active engagement and voices of students, staff, parents and professionals, towards a collaborative effort to promote the mental health and well-being of all members of the community.

Carmel CefaiPhD Carmel Cefai is the Founding Director of the Centre for Resilience and Socio Emotional Health and Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Malta. He is Joint Honorary Chair of the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence, and joint founding editor of the International Journal of Emotional Education. He is a member of the coordinating team at NESET. His research interests are focused on how to create healthy spaces that promote the resilience, well-being and mental health of children and young people.

Celeste SimoesPhD Celeste Simões is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. She is a member of the Environmental Health Institute research centre at the Faculty of Medicine in Lisbon, and a researcher of the Social Adventure project. Her main areas of research interest are social and emotional education, resilience, health promotion in schools, and risk behaviours in adolescence.

Cosmin NadaCosmin Ionut Nada holds a European PhD in Educational Sciences, and is FCT-funded Research Fellow at the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education at University of Porto. Cosmin’s research expertise and interests are linked to: migration, diversity and inclusion in education, early school leaving, social justice, educational policies, and multicultural learning. He is currently Administrative Coordinator of NESET and member of the Editorial Board of the European Toolkit for Schools, where he provides advice to the European Commission on how to promote inclusive education.

Nadine ToyeNadine Toye is a board member of the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU). OBESSU represents school students’ rights in Europe, advocating towards European Institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the field of education. Nadine’s work within the board of OBESSU links to areas such as mental health, school students’ experience during the COVID19 pandemic, and many other topics which relate to representing the school students of Europe. Recently, Nadine has led a Task Force of school students to research the effects of COVID19 on education and students wellbeing.

This webinar is part of the 2021 webinar series organised by the European Toolkit for Schools. See also the webinar: Preventing gender violence in schools.