Mental Health First Aid in Schools

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Icky bit of Conservative propaganda, but the sentiment is spot on. Credit where it’s due.

Delivering her speech at the Charity Commission annual lecture earlier this week, the prime minister spoke about building a “shared society” which “overcome[s] division…ensuring everyone has the chance to share in the wealth and opportunity on offer in Britain today.” One element of this is to improve mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities.

The prime minister announced a package of measures to transform mental health support and for schools in particular, such measures include:

  • Offering mental health first aid training for secondary school teachers and staff to help them identify and help those children experiencing mental health problems. Education secretary Justine Greening has suggested a target for every school to train a member of staff in mental health by the end of 2019.
  • Trialling approaches to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff.
  • Undertaking a major thematic review of existing services available to young people.
  • This review will, in turn, help to inform how the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted’s joint inspections programme can ensure that child and adolescent mental health services are adequately held to account.
  • A green paper on children and young people’s mental health to transform services in education and for families.

(Info taken from the NGA Newsletter 13/01/17)

Read more about Mental Health First Aid plans in The Telegraph.

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