Work is underway on one of the Children’s Service’s key priorities; ‘improving children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing’. The Principal Psychologist is co-leading this work with a representative from health. A 3 year action plan is being drafted which includes themes such as staff development, pupil participation, the curriculum and clearer pathways to advice and support. Stirling Council received a small fund from Education Scotland to support the training of identified secondary school staff in Scottish Mental Health First Aid – Young people’s programme. As a result 15 staff will be trained in the basic course in January, with further training opportunities to be offered before the end of March. Further work will be undertaken to explore a training pathway for staff across educational establishments.
The Stirling Young People’s Wellbeing group have been meeting over the last couple of months to plan an event to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools. Last week they received their Mental Health Champions badges and are keen to continue to promote this area in their schools and to make recommendations for change and improvement.