More Funding for Mental Health Training in Schools

Every secondary school in England will get free mental health training and improved support from local health services, the Prime Minister has announced today.

In a speech at the Charity Commission this morning, Theresa May said a new approach to tackling mental health problems would start with ensuring that children and young people “get the help and support they need and deserve”. The government says mental health training will be delivered by Mental Health First Aid UK to staff in a third of secondary schools this year.

Sarah Longville, Executive Headteacher at The Marches School commented, “This is very encouraging news. We know that mental health issues sometime start in children of school age and at The Marches School we have key members of staff who work very hard to ensure that we offer the most support to our students and families. To be able to develop this support and extend the training that is needed across the school will enhance the emotional wellbeing of our students and their families”.

The Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index was released yesterday. The report warned that more than a quarter of young people don’t feel in control of their lives, with concerns about job prospects, self-confidence and recent political events causing anxiety. This latest report demonstrates that young people’s wellbeing is at its lowest level since the Index was first commissioned stating that 37% feel stressed about how to cope at work or school.

As one of the Department for Educations’ newest Teaching Schools, The Marches School is in an ideal position to use mental health funding not only to train staff at the school but also to provide additional support to its partner schools in the alliance and across Shropshire.

Kate Aspinall, Teaching School Development Manager commented, “Additional funding would be very welcome to support our training provision in this key area. We need to train designated individuals to be able to pick up issues and further involve outside agencies ensuring that the students get the help they need as quickly as possible.”

The Marches Academy Trust recognises that the mental health of young people is of the utmost importance and will be lobbying the government to provide extra resources in the community to support young people and their families. Training teachers to identify mental health issues is only one small aspect of helping to support the wellbeing of young people.

Posted by marchesadmin on 10th January 2017, under Uncategorized

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