Schools lack confidence in getting the right mental health support for pupils.. Posted by Justine Clarabut on 9 February, 2018

A recent survey reported that UK head teachers are finding that almost half of schools are struggling to get mental health support for their pupils and don’t necessarily know what type of mental health support is needed, which can be a barrier to providing pupils with the support they may require;  many schools don’t feel confident in assigning professional help for their pupils.

Wellbeing People are passionate about empowering people to make positive choices around their own health and wellbeing and believe that learning how to look after your physical and mental health should be learnt as a life skill from an early age.  Wellbeing People developed Wellbeing for Schools programmes, workshops and resources in an effort to make a difference to children of all ages; supporting regular learning practices to promote the latest health messages as set out by the relevant governing bodies and institutions.

Wellbeing People’s wellbeing workshops cover a wide range of mental health topics which include, resilience, confidence, self esteem, how to deal with exam stress as well as lifestyle and physical health topics.   The workshops are fun, interactive and engaging providing a great atmosphere in which to learn.  Some of the workshops include kinaesthetic activities which integrates elements of music such as tones or rhythms, and physical interaction in the form of movement and touch, to enhance the learning experience.  The aim is to have a positive impact on the children to develop their  interpersonal skills, such as confidence, communication, self-esteem, resilience and teamwork.  Children are given worksheets, coping strategies, personal actions plans, stickers, menu ideas and more which they can share at home with their families to reinforce the positive messages delivered throughout the workshops.

This week was Children’s Mental Health Week  #BeingOurselves!   Encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness.  Having a positive view of yourself can help to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others enables us to connect with those around us – all of which are vital for our own and other’s wellbeing.

 

References: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42962273 |  https://www.place2be.org.uk/ |https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

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