Tyneside and Northumberland Mind are 1 of 3 Local Mind Associations that have been chosen nationally to run a pilot project in schools. Delivering work into Primary and Secondary schools across the region, the Department for Education have funded this project through Mind with the aim of increasing awareness of mental health and highlighting where to access support.
In this holistic approach assemblies are delivered to all students within the school explaining mental health, resilience, and strategies to look after yourself and others. Workshops for whole classes take a more in depth look at key issues that affect mental health and emotional wellbeing and 1-2-1 support sessions are also offered as an early intervention to help students address how they’re feeling and develop positive strategies to help them cope.
With mental health problems affecting 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16, and ½ of all mental health problems developing by the mid-teens, early intervention work with this age group is crucial. By getting basic information to a wide audience through school assemblies we hope to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health and create an environment where people can support one another and feel comfortable asking for help.
In Tyneside and Northumberland the work will be delivered into 10 schools before the end of March 2016. There is currently availability for 2 more secondary schools – please contact Kate.Larkin@tynesidemind.org.uk or call 0191 477 4545 if your school is interested.