Seven Facts About School Mental Health

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  1. Increased Mental Health Issues Post-Pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in mental health issues among school-aged children. Almost 1 in 5 children aged 7-16 and 1 in 4 young people aged 17-19 have a probable mental disorder.
  2. Importance of Early Intervention Early intervention in mental health can prevent the development of more serious issues later. Schools play a crucial role in providing this early support, yet many lack the resources to do so effectively.
  3. Whole School Approach (WSA) A Whole School Approach to mental health integrates mental health support across all aspects of school life, promoting positive mental health and preventing issues through a supportive environment.
  4. Training for School Staff Training programs like Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Youth MHFA help school staff identify and support students with mental health issues. The Foundation Course (with a qualification from the Royal Society for Public Health) and the School Mental Health Specialist Programme provide the skills and knowledge to able to meet the needs of your school community. 
  5. Role of Mental Health Leads Designated Mental Health Leads (MHLs) in schools are pivotal in coordinating mental health initiatives and training. They help create a sustainable, supportive environment for both students and staff. The MA at Leeds Beckett in School Leadership in Mental Health is the only one in the country and provides the practical solutions underpinned by academic research. 
  6. Academic Pressure and Mental Health There is a strong link between academic pressure and mental health issues in students. Schools need to balance academic demands with mental health support to create a healthier learning environment.
  7. Gap in External Support With the reduction in external mental health services, schools are often left to bridge the gap. This underscores the need for better integration of mental health services within the educational system.

 

These facts highlight the importance of school mental health and the need for comprehensive support systems, a key focus of the programmes delivered by Minds Ahead. 

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