Positive mental health is the foundation on which we as individuals, can live healthier lives. With positive mental health we are more likely to be motivated and engaged in our learning, realise and achieve our potential, choose healthier lifestyles, engage in all the world has to offer, shout out when abuse is occurring, helpseek when times are tough and recover a sense of wellbeing and achievement following traumatic experiences.
Virgin Care are available to offer direct support to school staff in Devon County Maintained Schools. This offer is to provide school staff with Mental Health Training, Mental Health Consultation and Supervision. This has many aims, some are:
- to increase awareness of signs and symptoms of emerging mental health needs;
- increase confidence with knowing what support pathways are available;
- to build confidence with gentle raising of concerns or observations with children, young people and their families and sharing the pathways available to them
- to increase knowledge regarding available mental health services and charities both locally or nationally,
- build on existing strengths with the schools internal pastoral support pathways for children and young people
- increase awareness of the impact of communication on individuals mental health
- increase awareness of projected pressure and its potential negative impact
- reduce stigma associated with mental health
- improve teaching staff response to the help seeking from a child when they are being abused or bullied
The influence of parenting on children and young people developing positive mental health is substantial, however, as you know, so is their school experience and their peers.
Through the EH4MH service, schools will be able to access a variety of training, which will focus on the individual needs of each school. Training will be developed according to needs identified over the coming years and will be delivered in partnership with Young Devon and Exeter University.
Young Devon will deliver An Introduction to Mental Health. Initially this is aimed at key staff in school however comes with a view that all school staff access the training by the end of the commission, regardless of their role.
EH4MH Virgin Care, CAMHS and Exeter University will collaborate on the design and delivery of training covering introductions to common mental health difficulties faced by school-aged children and young people such as anxiety, depression, psychosis and self harm. Additional training will be available involving example topics such as: positive psychology; sowing the seeds of resilience and empowering children, young people and families to independently help seek. Further bespoke training can be developed in response to localised experiences; NQT’s or staff teams wishing to develop their team knowledge base.
Mental Health Consultation and Supervision is also available to school staff. Staff will be able to use these diarised sessions to anonymously discuss mental health concerns, identify emerging mental health problems and consider the support needs of students both within the capacity of roles within the school, family and other services.
An annual summit will be arranged and we look forward to developing this with our commissioners and each schools Emotional Health and Wellbeing Champion.
Schools wishing to access this service for their staff please click here for details.