MENTAL HEALTH & EMOTIONAL WELL BEING
There are many factors that are currently affecting young people and their ability to access education. It is widely accepted that one of those factors is that of Mental Health and Emotional well being. The charity Young Minds recently published a study which indicates that as many as 1 in 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
At Teign School we believe that attention to students as individuals and working alongside parents collaboratively is essential in producing successful and confident young adults. As part of this we recognise that emotional resilience is key and that students’ progress better when they feel listened to and are given the tools and skills to navigate the challenges and pressures within their lives.
MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING
In order to develop the huge amount that the school already does to support students’ needs. We believe it is essential to gain a deeper insight into the areas that may affect their emotional wellbeing. Which is why we were delighted to take part in the ‘ChildrenCount Wellbeing Survey’ recently.
It is our intention that the data produced from the results of this survey directly influences our practices within the school and that programmes and interventions are put into place to address any areas of need identified.
We also recognise that school is only one part of a young person’s life. In this section of the website you will find lots of information on mental health and how parents can access support outside of school.
850,000 CHILDREN AGED 5 – 16 HAVE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
– Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder
– Roughly 725,000 people in the UK suffer from eating disorders, 86% of these will have shown symptoms before the age of 19
– One in 10 deliberately harm themselves regularly (and 15,000 of them are hospitalised each year because of this)
– Nearly 80,00 children and young people suffer from severe depression.
– Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14
– 45% of children in care have a mental health disorder – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society
– Nearly 300,000 young people in Britain have an anxiety disorder.
The government has announced that every Secondary School in the country will be offered mental health first aid training and that new trials will be conducted to look at how to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff.
It also says there will be a review of children and adolescent mental health services across the country, led by the Care Quality Commission, it identify what is working and what is not, and a new Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health.
CHILDREN COUNT SURVEY
We are pleased to announce that our school is embarked on an exciting project with NHS South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, the Council and the Dartington Social Research Unit. We have invited children and young people attending school to complete a survey about their well-being.
CHILDREN COUNT WELL-BEING SURVEY
The survey will provide your community with information about what can be done to help local children grow up healthy, ready to learn and prepared for success in life. Some of this information comes from a survey administered to children and young people from Year 7 and upwards in schools in your area. This will help schools, the council, the health service and community leaders better plan important services and supports for young people using evidence of what works to tackle problems and build on the strengths of your local community.
WHAT IS IN THE SURVEY?
The survey was delivered online during class time and asked questions about students’ physical and emotional health, behaviour, family, school and community life.
IS THE SURVEY ANONYMOUS?
What children say in the survey will be combined with what other children and young people have said to help plan services across your area. The survey will not be used to identify what a child as an individual said in the survey, or to directly influence what support or services they receive.
WHO IS BEING INVITED TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY?
All children in Year 7 and above in secondary schools across our local area will be invited to take part in the survey.
HOW WILL THE INFORMATION BE USED?
The information collected will help communities prioritise particular areas of children’s health and development for support and improvement and help inform the selection of evidence-based services for children and families.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SURVEY?
The Dartington Social Research Unit (DSRU), along with NHS South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, are responsible for the survey and the analysis of the responses. DSRU are an independent charity staffed by a team of individuals committed to improving outcomes for children. We have over 50 years experience of undertaking research relevant to the education, health, social care and criminal justice systems and having a significant influence on policy and practice.
Parenting is not always easy. Although it is often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.
The links below can provide information and support for parents who are worried about their child’s emotional wellbeing.
The Early Help for Mental Health service is now available.
Virgin Care, Young Devon and Kooth/Xenzone work in partnership with a collaborative approach that allows these EH4MH partners to provide far reaching support to children, young people and school staff. Their aim is to contribute to our county’s children and young people developing and sustaining positive mental health.
As their parent you may wish to introduce your young person to the options available, allowing them to make their own informed decision to look further. More information can be found here…
HappyMaps is a new website which has now been launched, for parents to seek advice about their children’s mental health problems.
Funded by Health Education England, HappyMaps is designed to help parents find useful resources on behaviour and mental health for their children – from babies to young adults.
It is hoped that this will be really useful for parents whose children don’t meet the specialist referral thresholds or are perhaps on the waiting list. There is good general information (national) and also local information on counselling, charities, local CAMHS and parenting groups for the South West.
Take a look at the website at www.happymaps.co.uk