Supporting and Promoting Mental Health in Schools

Recent statistics from YoungMinds indicate that 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and 1 in 7 children of the same age has less severe mental health difficulties.

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Jan 12, 2017
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Mental health is a HUGE issue in schools and education settings across the country. A major new enquiry has been launched by the Government into Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) in education...and not a moment too soon. Recent statistics from YoungMinds indicate that 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and 1 in 7 children of the same age has less severe mental health difficulties. The new 'Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools' document (non-statutory guidance) first released in 2014 and updated annually, outlines what schools can do with and for children struggling in this way. Pleasingly, it also looks at resiliency factors and offers tools for building such resilience.

Delivering the annual Charity Commission lecture on 9th January, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in our schools, workplaces and communities included mental health first aid training which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid can teach us how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

What do you think about this? A landmark move in the right direction or too-little-too-late? We would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Namaste.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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