Why is supporting mental health and wellbeing important?
Poor mental health in childhood impacts upon future health, social and personal outcomes. It is estimated that 1 in 10 five to 16 year olds have a diagnosed mental health disorder and that almost 1 in 4 show some evidence of mental ill-health including anxiety and depression. Half of all mental health problems in adults manifest by the age of 14 with 75% by age 24. Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5-19 years, and the second most common for girls of this age.
Children and young people’s good mental health includes: The ability to develop psychologically, emotionally, creatively, intellectually and spiritually. The capacity to initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships. The ability to be aware of others and empathise with them. The ability to play and learn, with attainments that are appropriate to age and intellectual ability. A developing moral sense of right and wrong. The degree of any psychological distress and maladaptive behaviour being within the normal limits for the child’s age and context. The ability to be able to face and resolve problems and setbacks, and learn from them The Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit is a useful tool to map your provision against best practice. Download the audit below.
Further resources to support development of best practice can be found on the right hand side of this page.
Secondary Schools in BANES can take advantage of their named CAMHS link practitioner. These practitioners can provide consultation to staff regarding specific CYP as well as tailored training for school staff around topics agreed with the school. Meetings are offered on a monthly basis and provide an opportunity for staff to discuss any young people for who they have concerns and to learn about strategies and approaches to support that student’s mental health. The Mental Health and Wellbeing resource page is divided into 4 sections 1. National and local guidance 2. Teaching and learning resources 3. Sources of support and help for children and young people 4. Staff wellbeing and professional development
B&NES Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit
The B&NES Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit for schools is the starting point for assessing the quality of your provision. This audit should be repeated every 2 years. The audit is designed for you to RAG rate each criterion and gives suggestions for what best practice looks like making links to the OFSTED Inspection Framework. It also provides links to local and national resources.