With the recent publication of Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper, and the subsequent consultation response, the essential role that the education sector can play to support the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students has been highlighted.
Whilst we recognise the real and positive differences staff working in education can make, we also understand the challenges this can present. As such, alongside supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students, a priority area for us is supporting the mental health and wellbeing of those working in education.
We don’t expect those working in education to become experts in mental health. Through increasing awareness and understanding, we want to empower and offer pragmatic guidance to assist all staff in continuing to make a positive difference through playing a role in preventing, detecting, intervening early and stamping out stigma.
We offer a level based mental health awareness programme. It is only necessary to complete one level. We recommend that the level completed is based on your job role, position of responsibility, and the amount of contact you have with children, young people and their families.