Mental Health Support
In December, the government published a green paper which set out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it. This was followed by a consultation period where feedback was sought to shape the direction of mental health provision for children and young people.
The green paper focused on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in, and linked to, schools and colleges. There were a number of proposals put forward, which included:
- Appointing a mental health lead in every school and college – this will be a trained member of staff who is responsible for the school’s approach to mental health. The designated leads are to be in post by 2025 and will oversee the help the school gives to pupils with mental health problems.
- Creating new mental health support teams working with schools and colleges – the teams will consist of trained staff linked to groups of schools and colleges. They will offer individual and group help to young people with mild to moderate mental health issues including anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties.
- Shorter waiting times – reduce the time it takes to get treatment from children and young people’s mental health services.
- Improved services for 16- to 25-year olds – setting up a new national partnership looking at how universities, colleges, local authorities and health services work together to improve mental health services for young people aged 16 to 25.
The government also wants to improve understanding of mental health through research into:
- The Internet and social media - working with the Children’s Commissioner to explore how social media affects the health of children and young people. The Chief Medical Officer will produce a report on the impact that technology has on children and young people’s mental health.
- Support for families – gathering information about how parents and carers can bond better with their children and how to support families where parents or their children have a higher risk of developing a mental health problem.
- Prevention of mental health problems - bringing different mental health experts together to look at how mental health problems can be prevented.
Publication of the green paper was followed by a consultation period seeking public feedback on the proposals. The consultation focused on whether the balance between schools, colleges and secondary mental health services is right and sought views on the best approaches to support implementation and the identification of good practice and evidence to support delivery of the proposals. The consultation period closed in Marchand feedback is currently being analysed with the outcomes to be published on www.gov.uk.
How Link2ICT is supporting schools
Monitoring online activity is an important task when looking after the emotional wellbeing of your pupils and one where attention to detail is essential! Every single word typed by a child or young person could lead to a mental health concern. Through our Digital Monitoring service, our team of analysts can monitor all digital activity on your behalf – saving you time and providing you with a thorough and proven process for monitoring while supporting your mental health strategy. For more information about our Monitoring Service, visit www.link2ict.org/monitoringmh or speak to your Account Manager
MyConcern is the simple to use, safe and secure solution for recording and managing all Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) concerns in any educational setting. The system enables all staff to record any mental health concern, safe in the knowledge that a proper record has been made and that the designated lead has been automatically notified. It also equips the designated lead to assess each concern and manage any ongoing action that needs to be taken. Speak to your Account Manager or visit www.link2ict.org/myconcernmh for more details.