Guidance for professionals in Gloucestershire working with young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns
Pupils' mental health
Mental health and emotional wellbeing should not be seen as a subject that needs to be taught in a lesson. Promoting positive emotional wellbeing and discussing mental health issues should be part of everyday conversations. For young people experiencing mental health problems, telling their friends, family and teachers can be incredibly hard. Talking openly is the most simple and effective way to break down any possible stigma associated with mental health.
Time to Change is a national charity tackling stigma surrounding mental health. Their website includes session plans, blogs and videos, and a huge range of free materials to get young people talking.
The Guardian in associations with Time to Change offers 5 ways to tackle mental health taboo in the classroom, from discussing mental health openly to challenging derogatory language
The Royal College of Psychiatrists have brought together best practice examples, case studies, resources and literature to create a toolkit to help tackle the stigma associated with children’s and young people’s mental health.
Staff mental health
We are becoming more aware of, and open about, mental health issues. Great schools now 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.
Talking about your own mental health issues can help the young people you work with, offering them a positive role model.
Why should teachers talk about mental health with students and colleagues? - Guardian
How to promote good mental health among teachers and students in your school - Guardian
Tea and Talk
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is working to tackle stigma in the county through their 'No Health Without Mental Health' campaign. They have run a number of “Tea and Talk” sessions with local employers to talk about the benefits of looking after staff and reducing the stigma associated with mental health to make organisations happier and healthier. If you are interested in running a Tea and Talk session for staff in your school then contact Karen Taylor on 0300 421 15038 or email Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are struggling with your mental health and emotional wellbeing and you need someone to talk to then you can contact Let’s Talk who provide talking therapy for those with mild depression and anxiety. www.talk2gether.nhs.uk 0800 073 2200.
NHS Choices also recommends these helplines for expert advice.