Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health.

This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance of normalising mental health conversations and helping people speak out sooner if they are struggling or worried about someone else.

The ‘Somerset Wellbeing Framework’ helps schools develop a whole school approach to this and goes beyond learning and teaching to all aspects of school life. It focuses on helping young people feel like they belong, helps them explore relationships and considers lifestyle such as diet, activity and sleep.

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Somerset County Council, said: “It is widely recognised that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing influences their development, learning, physical and social health.

“The Somerset Wellbeing Framework supports schools to continue the good work they already do, but with the added support of online tools to record and monitor progress, support from the Council’s Public Health Team and partner organisations. If you are interested in your school joining the scheme, please get in touch.”

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework was developed by Public Health in partnership with colleagues in schools, health, Education Psychology, CAMHS, SASH, SAPHOTO, SENSE, Somerset Youth Parliament and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum.

For more information about signing up to the Wellbeing Framework, click http://www.cypsomersethealth.org

For wellbeing and mental health advice and support, click https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ and if you are a parent or carer and need advice, please click https://www.cypsomersethealth.org/parent_and_carer_toolkit.

For schools, there is also a ‘Time to Talk Day’ school resources pack available at https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/TTTD%20schools%20comms%20pack.pdf

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For further information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk