Mental health support at school

12th October 2017

Children across Eastern Cheshire are being encouraged to use local mental health support at school.

Many local schools have this year signed up to the Emotionally Healthy Schools programme, which has worked to improve educational and mental health among young people.

The programme, set up by Cheshire East Council, has benefitted students at schools including Eaton Bank Academy, Congleton; The Macclesfield Academy and Poynton High over the last 12 months.

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Here’s one they made earlier: Students show off a design they created at an Emotionally Healthy Schools workshop.

The pilot project was based on group work with students on resilience, facilitated reflection and mental health awareness training, and has improved confidence in schools when responding to the emotional needs and mental health of children and young people.

In this way, the project is supporting the Caring Together ambitions of preventing ill health and empowering self-care.

Local charities Visyon and Just Drop In have worked alongside The Children’s Society and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) to improve links between schools and health services for young people.

The Emotionally Health Schools pilot has proved so successful that the programme is now available to all Cheshire East schools this academic year.

CWP and Just Drop In will also work with local authorities, schools and children and young people’s services to develop pathways between education and mental health services.

According to Public Health England, in an average class of 30 15-year-old pupils, three could have emotional issues, 10 are likely to have witnessed a family breakdown, one could have experienced a family bereavement, and seven are likely to have been bullied.

The Emotionally Healthy Schools project is being funded by Cheshire East Council Public Health, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and NHS South Cheshire CCG to tackle these issues, with support from CWP, Just Drop In, Visyon, and other areas of the voluntary sector.

CWP has pledged future support to the project as part of the Future in Mind campaign. To find out more about mental health support available in your area, click here and search the “Find Services” tool.

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