Whole School Approach to Good Mental Health
Schools tell us that they are experiencing a need for support around promoting children and young people's mental health. We have responded to that need by developing a training course to look at behaviours, risk and resilience factors, school-based interventions and resources. An important aspect of our training is thinking about ways to promote staff wellbeing too.
Our workshop includes and introduction to:
- Mental health and mental ill-health
- Behaviours and risk and resilience factors
- Ideas for school-based support/interventions
- Looking after yourself
For information about our dates and venues for this workshop-style training go to our training page.
There are lots of resources available to support schools work around mental health; listed below are some sources of support.
Young Minds Academic Resilience
Academic Resilience - beating the odds for better results, is an approach for schools devised by Lisa Williams and Professor Angie Hart and adopted by YoungMinds. Based on Professor Hart's collaborative resilience work at the University of Brighton and Boingboing, YoungMinds continues to work in partnership with them to develop the approach and support for schools. Free, practical resources to help everyone in the school community step up and support pupils; academic resilience
The Royal College of Psychiatrists have a terrific range of leaflets about emotional health and wellbeing and mental health for teachers,young people and parent/carers.
MindEd This portal contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues. You can use MindEd in many ways, but basically it is there to you become informed and better equipped when dealing with children and young people. It is aimed at anyone and everyone working regularly with children or young people, 0-18 years of age. There are a range of materials extending from the general level to more specialised levels.
Time to Change
Time to Change is a campaign to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face in England run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness that aims to change behaviour, rather than just attitudes. The Time to Change schools pack includes everything you need to help start conversations about mental health at school. As well as everything you need for having your conversation in the staff room, there's an assembly, a lesson and a very quick session to run in form time, giving you ideas on how to start talking about mental health. Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult, order your Time to Talk Day pack for everything you need to take part on the day. http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday-school
Samaritans DEAL Resource
The Samaritans have developed a fantastic resource to help teach Secondary age students about a wealth of emotional health and wellbeing issues. These 1 hour and 20 minute sessions enable students to consider the range of factors that can affect our emotional health and how to recognise signs of poor emotional health in ourselves and others.
FRESH CAMHS Mental Health
FRESH is a really useful website by Alder Hey NHS Trust which explains what CAMHS is all about and the help you might expect. It also contains lots of other resources and lesson plans helping to make students more aware of their mental health, emotional wellbeing and how to build their resilience
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) provides Suicide First Aid skills to anyone who may come into contact with a person at risk. It gives an introduction to the most widely used Suicide Intervention Model in the world, a model which is applicable in all situations requiring help. ASIST is a FREE two day training course suitable for anyone who would like to learn how to support students, staff, colleagues, family or friends at risk.
Based in the South East of England, since 2006 they have trained over 5,000 people in suicide prevention and mental health both locally and nationally. Stay Alive App - A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. This suicide prevention app won a Patient Safety Award for Technology and IT to Improve Patient Safety and can be personalised to tailor it to the user.