Investing in Mental Health and Wellbeing

It was encouraging to hear Teresa May announce plans this week for an investment in training school staff to understand and support the mental health of young people, as well as a review of the support agencies that exist beyond school.

It was encouraging to hear Teresa May announce plans this week for an investment in training school staff to understand and support the mental health of young people, as well as a review of the support agencies that exist beyond school. I know, in over 23 years of teaching, I have seen the pressures placed on young people and their parents, as well as staff, increase as modern society expects more and the pressure to succeed becomes greater. At these times, some people simply can’t cope and this is reflected in them becoming unwell.

Certainly, the wellbeing of our students and staff is something we already take very seriously at Cowplain. You will know that Serena Williams, our school counsellor, is on hand to work with students and families to support our young people and we have a strong pastoral team who complement her work. This support is also available to anyone who is a stakeholder in the school, including parents and staff. In addition, all teaching staff have undertaking training in mindfulness techniques to employ in the classroom so that children are free to engage in learning without worrying about the external pressures that they face. I do hope that the encouraging words of the government this week are supported by actions and investment. We need the support networks that are under threat from financial cuts to be protected and experts available to work with schools to support children. Certainly, we will continue our investment in the wellbeing of all those who are connected to Cowplain and would encourage you to contact us should this be something for which you feel your child or yourself requires help.