The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’. Rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, the Mental Health Foundation wants to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.
Poor mental health in parents can have a catastrophic affect, not just for the parents but throughout their children’s lifetime. Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people, including depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and these problems are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
We believe that the emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health, which is why we are urging schools to get involved with this week in any way possible.
The Mental Health Foundation have shared their ideas on how your school could potentially get involved within the week.
We have two members within our network that are involved with supporting the emotional wellbeing of pupils, through the services that they offer schools.
Mentor Link is dedicated to supporting vulnerable and distressed children and young people, by providing them with a volunteer mentor. The focus of the work that they carry out is the wellbeing of children and young people.
Mentor Link provides long term one to one social and emotional mentoring support to pupils in Primary, Middle and Secondary schools through the provision of Volunteer Mentors.
The aim of mentoring is to help these young people achieve positive changes and remain engaged with their families, learning and community, and achieve a successful transition to adulthood.
Mentor Link can offer help to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children in your school, to help them become inspired and motivated to make positive changes.
Therese Hoyle Consultancies
Therese Hoyle has a passion for creating positive and harmonious school cultures. She has created a series of Emotional Health and Wellbeing teaching resources and workshops, to help schools ensure the emotional wellbeing of all of their pupils. Here is what she had to share about the week:
“As Jon Kabat-Zinn said: ‘You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf’. Life is guaranteed to throw us ‘curve balls’ – we will all experience difficulty at some point in our lives, but if we can develop skills that allow us to ride through the stormy times, or even change our relationship with them, the potential for flourishing is increased immeasurably.
We are committed to providing schools with a toolkit of proactive solutions that support positive mental health and emotional health and wellbeing. This includes our Flourishing Schools Programme, Circle Programme, The Mindfulness in Schools Programme, Positive Playtimes, Behaviour Management Solutions and One to One Kids Coaching.
We offer a package of support to schools ranging from our standard package of 6 hours support over the academic year to our enhanced package of 21 hours support, which includes staff training and Inset. We also offer bespoke project work and 1-3 day training programmes.
Creating positive mental health and building resilience is essential in our modern day world.”
We hope to see your school getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Week, to not only support your students’ wellbeing, but to encourage your students to speak out about their mental health and that you will ensure their voice is heard.