Clare Erasmus is a secondary school senior teacher who is widely recognised for helping spearhead mental health and wellbeing in schools. In 2015 she was one of the first in the country to be appointed as The Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing for a large comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. She embarked on a 3 year whole school mental health and wellbeing program in her own school which amongst many things involved the media students creating their very own bespoke mental health & wellbeing app called My TeenMind. In response to calls for more training for teachers, Clare also helped organise the UK’s first two Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Teachmeets and has been a regular speaker on the topic of youth mental health and wellbeing at national and regional education conferences.
She was also announced as the runner up for the 2015/16 Community Champion Award . The Community Education Awards recognised Clare for making an outstanding contribution to helping children become positive community members.
Clare is currently studying part time her MRES in Teen mental health and mental health digital applications and she is writing a book for Jessica Kingsley Publishers on strategies for supporting youth mental health in a school setting.
Clare’s regular blogs can be found in the website Staff rm and she can be followed on twitter under @cerasmusteach