Supporting Students with their Mental Health
Continuing to improve how we support students with their mental health is a priority for us.
During 2018/2019 we were able to get some staff trained in mental health first aid. We dedicated a whole training day when we returned in September 2019 to Youth Mental Health. During that day we trained fifty members of staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid. We want to go further but hope that this will help.
A potential challenge, moving forward, is that students may not always want to talk to staff (or indeed other adults) about their issues. We have found, in the case of bullying, that students often really appreciate the chance to talk to other (trained) students about any issues or challenges.
During 2019/2020 we hope to go further and;
- Train student mental health ambassadors (training all students if possible)
- Appoint a student champion for student welfare and wellbeing
- Set up a mental health society/group to promote initiatives, run events etc
In addition we plan to;
- Tighten up on our existing mobile phone ban which includes social time to improve mental health
- Continue to provide additional training to staff on spotting early signs of mental health issues
- Improve signposting between school and relevant health services
- Increase the information on offer for parents/carers and students
We are committed to doing whatever we can to support students and their mental health (as much as current resources allow).
We will update this section the website as plans develop further.