Sheffield schools mental health awareness programme to be expanded

A mental health awareness programme is to be expanded following a successful pilot

The Sheffield Healthy Minds programme aims to support schools to develop a whole school approach to students emotional wellbeing.

The programme will run in another 40 schools from April after a successful pilot in 10 other Sheffield schools, including Tapton School in Crosspool.

The initiative will work through staff training, Healthy Minds surveys, developing PSHE materials, engaging Healthy Minds Champions and supporting staff in their understanding of good mental health as well as developing stronger links with CAMHS services.

Studies show that one in ten young people will suffer from a mental health problem during their adolescence.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “This project highlights the importance of working in partnership with the Clinical Commissioning Group to make sure we look after our young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.”

The Sheffield Healthy Minds programme was commissioned by Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and Sheffield City Council and delivered by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Kate Laurance, Head of Commissioning of children and young people at Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is great to progress new ways of working to support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health in Sheffield.”

“By linking up the NHS, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and schools we can provide support earlier, ensuring schools can identify and support emotional wellbeing so that children and young people are able to learn and achieve.”

 

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