“Three in five young people have experienced a mental health problem or are close to someone who has”
Taken from a survey of over 12,000 young people aged between 11 and 19, by the mental health charity Mind in July 2019
Ensuring provision to support children and young people’s mental health is one of our top priorities. Staff in schools and settings may not be confident in their ability to support the most vulnerable children and young people. Equipping educators to confidently provide support in schools and settings has become a key focus for many of our teams.
Exclusions from school are rising and there is growing concern about the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people. It is clear that if we are going to effectively support all children in school we need to understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences on development. We need to understand what children’s difficulties and behaviour tells us about what they need.
We work with school staff to develop strategies for managing childrens emotions and challenging behaviours and to help them support and understand feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. We can help schools deal with aggressive and disruptive pupils by managing their behaviour through passive interventions and can improve pupil engagement with learning by building their confidence and motivation. Enabling children to form good relationships, within which they learn to feel safe and secure, trust and regulate, is key to learning and development.