Mental health in schools and MindEd
Psychological health and wellbeing have been very much in the news over the last week or so with World Mental Health Week and the run up to World Mental Health Day, which I mentioned recently in this blog.
Interestingly, the issue of psychological health trends in independent schools has also been raised in research this month from the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). The Sunday Times reported the findings as ‘Top schools face mental health crisis’.
This goes to show that psychological stresses can impact people of all ages and backgrounds. Many children and young people face mental health challenges. The difference perhaps is that some of the schools mentioned in this report may have the funding to help put in place extra support for both pupils and staff to help when problems arise.
I should highlight that the BPS, working in partnership with a range of organisations, has been part of an initiative called MindEd. This is an online resource for teachers, teaching assistants, play workers and others who work with children to help them to recognise and understand some of the common problems that affect the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.
Hopefully, BPS members, and other professionals working with children, will continue to spread the word about MindEd, in order to help support children of all backgrounds.