Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Cross-Cultural Narratives and Perspectives

  • Editors
  • Carmel Cefai
  • Paul Cooper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction and Background Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carmel Cefai, Paul Cooper
      Pages 3-10
  3. Students’ Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Helen Askell-Williams, Carmel Cefai
      Pages 25-52
    3. Carmel Cefai, Natalie Galea, Rena-Christine Vassallo
      Pages 53-67
    4. Anastassios Matsopoulos, Bonnie Nastasi, Eva Fragkiadaki, Eirini B. Koutsopina
      Pages 69-83
  4. Teachers’ Perspectives

  5. Parents’/Carers’ and Other Stakeholders’ Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Grace Skrzypiec, Phillip Slee, Helen Askell-Williams
      Pages 181-195
    3. Grace Skrzypiec, Phillip Slee
      Pages 207-220
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-252

About this book


The narratives of the children and young people, school teachers and school leaders, parents and carers, policy makers and service managers, and mental health workers and professionals, presented in this book, should provide an invaluable resource for all those involved in mental health promotion in school. The insights drawn from these direct field experiences may help to inform policy and good practice and serve as an inspiration to schools in their efforts to introduce and promote mental health for their communities. Most of the chapters present original research carried out in schools, services, universities and other contexts across different cultures. Through various qualitative studies carried out in different cultural contexts, Mental Health Promotion in Schools provides a platform for children, teachers, school leaders, parents, professionals, policy makers and teacher educators, to express their views on what works and does not work in mental health promotion in school. In our continued quest for evidence based research, we may tend to underestimate the value and significance of capturing the views and experiences of those most directly involved in mental health promotion, such as children and young people, school teachers and parents/carers, in seeking to enhance policy and practice in the area. This book should be of particular interest to those involved in mental health promotion in school at practice, training and research levels and we are sure that among these chapters, they will discover many new and stimulating insights into the promotion of mental health in such complex systems as schools. “This is a timely book since mental health difficulties among children and young people are on the increase across the world. The editors, Carmel Cefai and Paul Cooper, are passionate about the crucial role to be played by schools in creating safe spaces in which to learn, develop and socialise. They have spent many years in the development of creative initiatives for the promotion of emotional health and well-being amongst young people. The editors bring an international perspective to the issue of mental health and youth and show how important it is to collaborate and share expertise and knowledge. Cefai and Cooper have assembled an impressive range of authors to share their knowledge and to show how initiatives can be adapted to a range of cultural contexts.” – Helen Cowie, Professor, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK


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