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22 November 2018

Mental Health Training for Local Schools

In a society where 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem*, our Care and Support team are taking the proactive approach by delivering mental health training in local schools.

This time, they went out during Anti-Bullying Week, focusing on the effects of bullying on children’s mental health and how the children can better support each other to tackle this.

Jamie Page, Support Worker for our Bridge Street Mental Health Supported Housing Project, told us more about one of their sessions:

“Mental health is close to my heart and it’s always been a passion to support others with their needs.

"Having never really provided training to anyone, it felt like I was stepping into the lions den facing 30 children at once to help them understand more about mental health, which is what me and colleagues from NCHA did this November during Anti-Bullying Week at Nottingham Academy.

"A total of 390 children across 13 sessions between the ages of 8 and 11 received a 50-minute lesson from NCHA on understanding the importance of maintaining their mental health just as much as their physical health.

"We spoke to the children about different types of mental health illnesses and why they can develop in all people young and older. The children were all very willing to listen. They were honest, polite and thoughtful.

"On the train journey home I couldn’t help but reflect about the importance of mental health and the need for children to have education in this area.

"The sessions gave the children a chance to understand some difficult subjects and their honest and thoughtful answers to how we can end stigma and how to help a friend was heartwarming.

"School is a minefield of good and bad experiences that shape us, so being able to look after your mental health and knowing how to ask for help when needed should be something all children feel able to do”.

*Mental Health Statistics on Young People