If you are looking for information or advice on mental health:
Before we tell you what our service has been doing, we want to let you know that if you are a child or young person, a parent/carer, or education staff, we have provided information and advice on mental health specifically for you. Check out the following blog pages:
Children and Young People
Our focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing:
In 2017, the Scottish Government published the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, providing a 10 year vision on how to prevent and treat mental health problems with the same commitment and passion that has been shown for physical health. The strategy outlines 4 areas for improvement:
- Prevention and early intervention,
- Access to treatment and joined up accessible services,
- The physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems,
- Rights, information use and planning.
Stirling Educational Psychology Service has a lead role within the Children’s Service for driving forward improvements in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, supporting some of the key actions identified in the national strategy.
Prevention and Early Intervention:
Our service works closely with young people in Stirling on mental health topics and research identified by young people. The video below was developed by our young people in 2018, highlighting national statistics on mental health and the early work of our Stirling Young People’s Wellbeing Group. Since then our young people have carried out research projects and they are in the process of helping to develop an e-module for secondary school pupils on exam stress.
Our work with partners:
We have a mental health reference group consisting of a wide range of partners such as the Health Visiting Service, School Nursing, Stirling University, Forth Valley College, Social Work, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Stirling’s Champions Board, Action in Mind, Health Improvement Service as well as our partners within the Children’s Service. The group has been mapping out the services available for children and young people, whilst identifying the areas that need to improve.
The Mental Health First Aid – Young Person’s Training course
We have an educational psychologist who is a trainer for the Mental Health First Aid – Young Person’s training course – The SMHFA: YP programme. This is a course designed by NHS Health Scotland. It is an evidence based blended learning course for adults who work with young people between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age. The course aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the mental health issues that young people might experience. We deliver this course to a wide range of staff but particularly to key staff within our secondary schools.
We will continue to update our blog page with further information on our service’s improvement work.