Guidance for professionals in Gloucestershire working with young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns
Supporting staff mental health and wellbeing
Great schools understand the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing. Staff who feel better cared for and supported will ultimately feel able to contribute more with a positive impact on productivity.
Gloucestershire County Council’s Occupational Health team is responsible for the health and wellbeing of staff and employees working within school and FE settings. All of the Occupational Health Advisers have specialist nursing qualifications and are able to give advice to staff and head teachers about a range of issues regarding fitness to work.
The Wellbeing Charter
Your school could consider signing up to the Wellbeing Charter. Signing up to the charter demonstrates a commitment to the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Evidence shows that organisations that implement well-being programmes benefit from reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER is an NHS initiative to support employers to support mental wellbeing at work. The website provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions.
Local Best Practice Example
Severn Vale School - Peer Support
Severn Vale School was part of the University of Bristol’s WISE (Well-Being In Secondary Education) research programme http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/wise-wellbeing-in-secondary-education/
The outcome of this was the development of a Peer Support group for staff. The Peer Supporters received intensive training on the Mental Health First Aid course enabling them to feel confident in signposting colleagues to help for mental health issues. It has been used for a wide range of support from tea and sympathy to emergency response to diagnosed