25%The proportion of young people with, or at increased risk of developing, a mental health problem (DfE, Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools, 2014).
75%The proportion of adults with mental health problems (excluding dementia) that started before the age of 18 (Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012, Mental health problems in children and young people).
+4The number of months of additional progress pupils are expected to make with effective social and emotional learning, based on robust evidence (The Sutton Trust – Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit).
“At the moment too many young people are unfairly labelled as trouble-makers when in fact they have unmet mental health problems.”Former Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss.
We think we can change this
By placing experienced professionals into both primary and secondary schools we can do three things:
1) Emotional Wellbeing Evaluation. We have designed a one and a half hour evaluation session to be delivered to a whole class. In this we can evaluate the students’ awareness of how they relate to each other and how this influences self-esteem and other emotional states. This increases awareness of relationships, self-esteem and mental health issues. After the session the school will receive a confidential written report of our psychotherapist’s findings along with some relevant practical advice that teachers can put into practice straight away. A relevant CPD session is delivered in advance of the evaluation.
2) Emotional Resilience Training. In addition to everything included in the evaluation, there is a two week or six week follow-up course to give students a deeper understanding of mental health and relationship issues at an age-appropriate level. This is intended to help to prevent social, emotional or conduct disorders from developing and to deal with mild issues that may be present already.
3) One to one or small group psychotherapy. If a child would benefit from one-to-one or small group psychotherapy then this may be offered to help prevent a lack of emotional understanding becoming a greater issue in their future.
There are a number of benefits for the students, the school and wider society arising from greater resilience and the improved mental health and wellbeing that results. In line with our ethos, we intend to try to measure the impact that we have and to show whether or not this is the case.
The results we expect to see include:
- Higher self esteem.
- A better understanding of social interaction.
- Improved relationships with peers, parents and staff.
- Helping to prevent more serious mental health problems.
- More likely to do well academically.
- Comply with DfE advice for schools on mental health.
- An emotionally stable child is more ready to learn.
- Students put more effort into their school work.
- Improved attitudes to school and improved behaviour both in lessons and around the school.
- Reducing the incidence of bullying.
- Fewer absences.
- Fewer exclusions.
- Better staff understanding of how to deal with social, emotional and behavioural issues.
- Identify students that need additional help and addressing their needs.
For wider society:
- 50% of mental illness in adult life starts before age 15 and 75% before age 18.
- There are well identified physical health problems associated with poor mental health.
- Parental mental illness is associated with dramatically higher chances of mental illness in young people, creating a vicious cycle as those young people grow up and become parents themselves.
- Mental health problems in young people are associated with excess costs estimated to be between £11,030 and £59,130 annually per child. Life-long savings for early intervention in cases of conduct disorders range between £75,000 and £150,000.
- Decreased risk of delinquency, trouble with the police, smoking, substance use disorders and teenage pregnancy.
Arrange a free consultation now
If you are interested in getting to know more then we’d love to hear from you. We offer a completely free, no-obligation consultation with schools to discuss the latest DfE requirements, academic research, and possible solutions to the various challenges that your school might face.