Mental ill health affects 1 in 8 children and young people and half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14.1,2

The essential role that the education sector can play to support the mental health, wellbeing and development of children and young people can not be underestimated. This was highlighted by the publication of Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper and the subsequent consultation response.

Published guidance for Joint Targeted Area Inspections on Children’s Mental Health sets out that “Inspectors will evaluate the extent to which professionals (teachers and school staff) and support staff are well trained, confident and knowledgeable.” It also states, “We do not expect staff at the front line of all services to be able to diagnose mental ill health or to be mental health specialists. However, we will consider their ability to identify when children need help and support with their emotional wellbeing and when they may need a mental health assessment and further specialist support.”

Whilst we recognise the real and positive difference 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, a priority area for us is supporting the mental health and wellbeing of those working in schools.

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.

This CPD UK accredited toolkit offers a basic introduction for professionals, parents and carers wanting to learn about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

It offers an overview of anxiety disorder; depression; self-harm and suicide and provides some information on emergency management.

Choose the solution that’s right for you

CPD to Support Staff Wellbeing

Our online training to support staff wellbeing allows individuals, teams and whole schools to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff in a time and cost effective way.

Our workplace services are also suitable for schools hoping to address positive mental health and wellbeing of their staff at an organisational level.

CPD to Support Pupil Wellbeing

We offer a ‘Whole School Approach’ level based mental health awareness programme for staff.

Our online training can reach individuals and whole organisations in a time and cost effective way.

Our face to face training supports senior staff in a position of responsibility for pupil mental health and wellbeing.

Bespoke Mental Health Awareness

It can be difficult to find the time and budgets to prioritise mental health in a busy school environment and it’s hard to know where to begin.

We work with schools to support bespoke packages to allow for all times and budgets.

We can offer a range of services including inset days, twilight sessions and parents evenings.

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