UK school staff get mental health 'first aid' training
£200,000 funding to help teachers understand and identify mental health issues in children.
From last month, teachers in secondary schools around the country having been taking part in a new training programme to help them identify and respond to early signs of mental health issues in children.
The programme, backed in the first year by £200,000 in government funding, and delivered by the social enterprise Mental Health First Aid, starts with 1,000 staff and extend in years two and three to cover every secondary school in England. They will receive practical advice on how to deal with issues such as depression and anxiety, suicide and psychosis, self-harm, and eating disorders.
They will also be invited to become ‘first aid champions’, sharing their knowledge and experiences across schools and communities to raise awareness and break down stigma and discrimination.
Commenting on the announcement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt noted that one in 10 school-aged children will have a mental health condition at any time, with half of all mental health conditions beginning before the age of 14, making early intervention and support vital.