Guidance for professionals in Gloucestershire working with young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns
Mental Health Champions Award
The Mental Health Champions Award has been created to acknowledge the high quality provision that some schools make to support the mental health and wellbeing of their school community. Good schools have always understood the link between good mental health and achievement. Great schools have also understood the importance of staff mental health and wellbeing in this equation. As we are becoming more aware of, and open about mental health issues we are seeing greater prominence of support for this increasingly significant health priority. This award gives schools the opportunity to showcase good practice and to help them identify areas in their provision that would benefit from further development.
How to achieve the Mental Health Champions Award
This award sits alongside the GHLL Review. Throughout the Review, questions of relevance to the promotion of good mental health have been highlighted in purple. These questions need to be answered and evidenced as ‘Completely in Place’. The remaining questions in the Review need to be answered and evidenced as ‘Mostly in place’ or better.
If you have already achieved your GHLL Award then it may be a matter of revisiting and updating to ensure your provision meets this criteria.
All schools applying will need to undertake interventions of relevance to good mental health, ideally on a large scale e.g. school wide, throughout a key stage, significant identified group or across a year group with a view to rolling out to the entire key stage or school wide as your next steps.
- Complete your enhanced GHLL Review (link to review – already on website). To become a mental health champion school the purple mental health questions should be scored as 'Completely in Place'.
- You should be able to demonstrate two mental health interventions. One must be large scale, the other tailored to meet your schools mental health needs.
- A GHLL Lead Teacher will undertake a school visit which will include:
- A ‘Learning Walk’ with a specific focus on the school environment
- Scrutiny of a portfolio of good mental health provision (work samples, photos, displays, events etc.)
- Informal student and staff interviews.
- The GHLL team will then discuss their findings and present the evidence collated to the GHLL Quality Assurance Group to determine eligibility for the Mental Health Champions Award.
For more information contact Fiona Quan at GHLL on 01452 427208 / 427327