It was revealed last week that the Government has scrapped their 10-year plan focusing on mental health and wellbeing, opting instead to merge it with its plans for chronic health conditions. You can read their new plan here.
Mental health charities had proposed a plan which would involve all Government departments collaborating to foster a better mental health support system, instead of relying solely on the NHS.
Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, expressed his severe dissatisfaction concerning the decision of the government to drop their 10- year Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan, in his statement here.
Both mental health care and schools have been dealing with the consequences of years of insufficient budgeting, and the pandemic has only escalated the demand for better mental health support and services. With recent statistics showing that one in four children and young people have mental health problems and one in ten have clinically diagnosable mental health issues, there is increased pressure on schools to cater for young people's mental health and wellbeing.
If your school is looking to equip staff with the skills to support young people's mental health wellness, you may be interested in one of our live, online and interactive SEMH courses; Raising Awareness for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Trauma-Informed Practice.