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News - July/August 2017
Spotting the early signs of mental health problems among pupils
EVERY secondary school in the country will be offered Mental Health First Aid training by 2020.
The Government’s pledge to transform mental health services for young people has taken an important step forward with teachers and staff across the country starting training to identify and respond to early signs of mental health problems among pupils.
Delivered by the social enterprise organisation Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the training was originally announced in January as part of a series of measures to address the “hidden injustice” of poor mental health across society.
Around one in ten children are believed to have a diagnosable mental health disorder, with half of all mental health conditions begin before the age of 14, making it vital that children with early symptoms receive the support they need.
However, research by the teachers union NASUWT found that 98% of teachers had come into contact with pupils who were experiencing mental health issues, but only 46% reported receiving training on children’s mental health.
The programme, backed in the first year by £200,000 in Government funding, will start with 1,000 staff and extend in years two and three to cover every secondary school in England. They will receive practical advice on how to deal with issues such as depression and anxiety, suicide and psychosis, self-harm, and eating disorders.
Participants in the training programme will be invited to become a Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion, and will help to share their knowledge and understanding of mental health across the school and wider community.
It is hoped that this will mean more young people will get fast and appropriate support for emerging mental health problems, and that all children will receive the highest quality pastoral care through their adolescence.
Sarah Brennan, chief executive of YoungMinds, said: “Children and young people today are facing a huge range of pressures, from exam stress to online bullying, which inevitably take a toll on their mental health. Many of these pressures become particularly intense during secondary school.
“This training is a move in the right direction and will help give staff the opportunity to gain confidence and understand mental health better. We hope it will encourage more leadership teams to put student wellbeing at the heart of their school.”