According to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), one in ten 5-16 year olds has a mental health problem. In our schools – in our classes – right now. This makes the contribution of teachers and school staff to the mental wellbeing of Scotland’s children and young people vital.
SAMH is undertaking research on mental health and education, to see how they can support schools to support children and young people in nurturing positive mental health and wellbeing.
Please take the time to complete their short survey. Follow this link:
The SAMH website is a great resource with a wealth of information and ideas to help you promote their message.
Self-harm affects at least 1 in 15 young people in the UK and there is evidence that rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe.
Recent research shows over three quarters of young people don’t know where to turn to talk about self-harm and many GPs and teachers don’t have enough knowledge to deal with this issue.
The Mental Health Foundation have just updated and relaunched their publication The Truth About Self-Harm. Download it for free and find out more about self-harm amongst young people – why it happens, how to deal with it, and how to recover from what can become a very destructive cycle.
I believe the more we give children and young people the opportunity to talk, in an open and supportive environment about their feelings, their struggles and how to cope with what challenges them, we can make an impact on their wellbeing. This resource might just help you to do that.
A secondary colleague of ours, having recently done Mental Health First Aid, was able to engage a previously ‘invisible’ pupil in a meaningful conversation that had a profound effect on improving her mental health. Here are some wise words from TESS on the importance of engaging ‘invisible’ pupils. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6295237
The last course for this year will be taking place on 6 & 13 November @ Eastwood House. The CPD site will show the course as being full, but if you would like to take part, drop me an email, I’ll squeeze you in.
Here are some of the comments from previous participants:
- I was able to deal with my daughter’s attitude towards me in a more relaxed/calm manner. I listened and heard and empathised, making my week actually quite pleasant.
- I’ve become more reflective – trying not to let things get to me that really aren’t important or I can’t do anything about.
- I’ve become more aware of people around me and more observant.
- This course has had a profound affect on how I think about mental health issues and how I will react and recognise signs and symptoms.
- I am a better listener, more aware of what people are saying and have a better understanding of mental health issues.
Check out the website for further info: www.smhfa.com