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1 HEALTH.MIND.MATTERS Mental Health and Schools Comprehensive, accessible, world class learning for primary and secondary schools in the UK 2015 brochure

2 Mental health and school life We believe the impact of mental health learning needs to be far reaching. That s why our whole school mental health programme considers all aspects of school life:

3 Our approach Maudsley Learning s Mental Health and Schools programme offers you an extensive range of workshops, learning events and online learning packages. Our approach is: responsive, practical and facilitative. This means we will deliver whatever is best for your school to help you prioritise whole school mental health. When it comes to facilitating learning events we know that time is valuable and we want you to see a real return on your investment. All our learning events are underpinned by current theories, contemporary research and knowledge. Concentrating on your real-life in-school experiences we will share practical tools, techniques and approaches that you can immediately take away and use. Maudsley Learning s network of expert and engaging facilitators work to the highest standard and bring a wealth of skills, specialism and creativity to all our learning events. We always want people to leave our learning events with more knowledge AND the confidence and commitment to make an improvement to mental health in the school environment. Our unique and accessible digital platform, Maudsley Learning Online, serves as an extensive resource hub, a central repository for references, current literature, best practice, guidance and templates. You can choose to sign up to a community online and join in discussion and debate, or perhaps add to your knowledge and take one of our online learning courses.

4 Our schools programme prioritises: Maudsley Learning s approach to whole school mental health focuses on the very real world of teaching and the role of education providers in promoting mental health, understanding mental health issues and knowing what to do to make a difference. Staff confidence in their ability to promote and facilitate discussion around mental health and mental health issues Mental health awareness and mental health promotion Practical ways of managing mental health issues in the school community Professional roles and pastoral support Using existing subject areas, lessons and systems as opportunities for learning about mental health Emotional intelligence and emotional literacy for all Staff mental health and work life balance Boundaries and duty of care of teaching and learning support staff in relation to pupil mental health Knowledge and recognition of mental health issues in the school community Building a community of mental health ambassadors Engaging pupils about their own mental health and wellbeing Practical skills that can immediately be applied to individual classrooms Early intervention knowing when/where to signpost for support Wellbeing policies to enable whole school mental health Whole school mental health

5 Schools should be healthy places that support the emotional and mental wellbeing of both young people and staff. For this to happen the school needs to have an open and honest culture, which promotes and is respectful of both young people s and staff s emotional and mental wellbeing. (Resilience and Results, 2012) School staff are in a good position to help reduce the stigma around mental health, identify emerging mental health difficulties and work with local statutory and voluntary sector providers to ensure that young people access specialist support when they need it Paula Lavis Children and Young People s Coalition, 2014

6 Mental health problems often have their roots in childhood, so tackling problems when they first emerge is both morally right and cost effective (Department of Health, 2011) We know that there may be times when you want to access specific mental health learning as a priority. Therefore in addition to our comprehensive whole school programme, we also offer a series of off-the-shelf one day, half day and bite size learning events all of which focus on children and young people s mental health. Details of our workshops are detailed in pages below:

7 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem * Mental health awareness: children and young people Consider the spectrum of mental health and its relevance to school age children Improve your understanding of mental health and mental illness amongst children and young people Raise your awareness of possible behavioural signs and triggers in the school environment Facilitate complimentary key skills to promote mental health in the classroom Teachers, SENCOs and Support Staff working with school age children *Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005). Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain London: Palgrave.

8 Understanding self-harm in young people Challenge misunderstandings, improve knowledge and raise awareness of common self-harming behaviours in young people 1 in 12 children and young people deliberately self-harm * Improve your understanding of the reasons why young people may self-harm Enable you to recognise self-harm in young people Challenge misunderstandings around self-harming behaviour Promote helpful ways of discussing this issue in the school environment Teachers, SENCOs and Support Staff working with school age children *Mental Health Foundation (2006). Truth hurts: report of the National Inquiry into self-harm among young people. London: Mental Health Foundation

9 Eating disorders Explore the role and responsibility of teaching and learning support staff in relation to students with eating disorders 84% of adolescents with an eating disorder also meet the diagnostic criteria for depression* Facilitate your understanding of eating disorders in young people and associated feelings and behaviour Help you to recognise when a young person may have an eating disorder Promote helpful ways of discussing the issue of eating disorders with young people and the wider school community. Introduce specific listening and questioning skills essential to challenge and support Share information for signposting and specialist support Teachers, SENCOs and Support Staff working with school age children * Epidemiology and Natural Course of Eating Disorders in Young Women From Adolescence to Young Adulthood; Lewinsohn et al. (2000)

10 Building resilience in children and young people 20% of children have a mental health problem in any given year* Equipping children with knowledge and skills to help themselves can prevent potential stressors escalating in to a more serious problem or crisis Introduce a new language around mental health and wellbeing Raise awareness of emotional intelligence and how it relates to children Share strategies, exercises and a tried and tested toolkit to help pupils recognise and discuss their own emotions Present approaches and a working knowledge that will enable pupils to promote positive wellbeing Teachers, SENCOs and Support Staff working with school age children *Lifetime Impacts: Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health, Understanding The Lifetime Impacts, Mental Health Foundation, 2005

11 Young People, Mental Health and Street Gangs Explore what it means to be a gang member, the mental health needs of young people involved in street gangs, the associated risks from and to these young people and the boundaries of your own role to identify, intervene and support There are 35,000 individual gang members across the UK* Consider what a gang is and what it means to be a member Challenge stereotypes surrounding gang members and gang culture Pose questions about the mental health needs of young people involved in street gangs Identify practical steps that you can take, within your own role, to identify young people vulnerable to gang membership Inform you of where to go to get further help and advice All School Staff *http://www.gangsline.com

12 Bereavement and young people Explore bereavement through a child s eyes and consider the important role school staff can play to help a child express their grief 1 child in every classroom has experienced the death of a parent or sibling * Renew your understanding of bereavement and the process of grief, through a child s eyes Enable you to deal sensitively with bereaved children Enhance your confidence to support children in the wider school community express and manage their grief Equip you with specific skills to support conversations with children and young people about death, loss and bereavement All School Staff *

13 Mental health and looked after children Ensure looked after children get the most out of their time in education, encourage aspiration and support achievement of potential 60% of looked after children in England are reported to have emotional and mental health problems* Highlight the potential reasons behind a looked after child s behaviour in school Address the teacher s role, responsibility and duty of care for looked after children Develop confidence to promote mental health and wellbeing and manage challenging behaviours in the classroom Introduce essential skills to support and encourage the development of healthy relationships and productive learning Share a working knowledge of how other agencies and services work Explain referral processes and promote integrated professional working All School Staff and Practitioners with a responsibility for Looked After Children * Department for Children, Schools and Families 2009a

14 Mental health ambassadors - leading the talk on mental health Lead school initiatives, dispel common misunderstandings, challenge unhelpful language, confront stigma and promote positive, constructive conversations about mental health and illness in the school environment 100% of people are affected by mental health problems Raise your awareness of the need to promote and normalise mental health as an expected component of school life Equip you with knowledge of overt and hidden negative messages about mental health Grow your confidence to confront and tackle stigma associated with mental health problems across the entire school population (colleagues, parents and students) Introduce complimentary key skills to promote positive constructive conversations about mental health and illness in schools All School Staff/ Ambassadors for mental health awareness at school

15 Mental health at home - young people as carers Identify, support and help young carers who might otherwise remain hidden from view to get the best out of their education Nearly 250,000 people aged 18 or under in the UK care for a relative* Share new insights in to the world of young carers and the impact on school life Leave you feeling more confident to champion the needs of young carers Progress your understanding of your role and duty of care to young carers to enable them to meet their full potential Challenge you to think about the support you can specifically offer to young carers Provide information on sign posting and accessing further support for young carers All School Staff and Practitioners working with and supporting Young Carers * Department for Children, Schools and Families 2009a

16 Mental health and your school: strategy planning for heads and school leaders Create an actionable mental health strategy for your own school with consistent mental health messaging throughout the curriculum Children attend 380 half-day sessions in a school year. How many focus on their mental health?* Offer a broad overview of current mental health legislation and its relevance in education Provide clarity about duty of care and pastoral roles for pupil mental health Support and challenge you to address the recommendations set out in current mental health legislation and policy Facilitate sharing of knowledge to enable you to meet essential Ofsted mental health priorities Ensure you leave with committed actions and a strategy to improve the wellbeing of students in your school Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers

17 Mental Health First Aid - Youth You will also cover other topics specific to young people that include child and adolescent development, bullying/cyber bullying, substance misuse and promoting protective factors and good parenting. The MHFA (Youth) course is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for people who teach, work, live with or care for young people aged This comprehensive 2 day programme covers topics specific to young people and mental health including: - What is mental health? - Anxiety and depression - Suicide and psychosis - Self-harm, substance misuse and eating disorders - Promoting protective factors - Action planning using MHFA Attendees receive a Youth MHFA manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now Youth Mental Health First Aider. All School Staff and Practitioners

18 Who are Maudsley Learning? Maudsley Learning launched in June 2013 with the opening of the ORTUS, our multi- award winning learning and events centre in Camberwell, London. We are situated in a centre of world class excellence in the field of mental health and wellbeing. Our neighbours and partners are the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King s College London s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King s College Hospital and Guys and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. We work with our clinical and academic partners to co-develop and deliver world class mental health and wellbeing related learning that is accessible to a wide and inclusive audience. We are a Community Interest Company and a subsidiary of Maudsley Charity which invests in innovative mental health related projects and infrastructure. The Maudsley name has a proud heritage and embodies an ethos of collaboration between ground-breaking academic research and expert clinical treatment. Maudsley Learning s aim is to provide world class and accessible learning in mental health and wellbeing

19 What next? Contact us if you d like to have a chat about the tailored whole school programme and how this might benefit your school or if you d like additional details on any of the half day/full-day workshops We can deliver the workshops, including the internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid (Youth) programme, at your school or at our multi-award winning venue in London for no additional charge. View our venue information pack here: Visit Maudsley Learning here: Jane Beston Training Programme Manager Maudsley Learning Jonathan Price Sales & Marketing Manager Maudsley Learning

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