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					Promoting Positive Mental
Health in Schools: Building
Resiliency & Promoting
Early Intervention
Sallyann Sutton: Young People’s Health Advisor-Emotional Health & Well-
Being. NHS Walsall Community Health
Morag Quirk: Interim Principle Education Psychologist. Children's Service-
Serco
Janet Catto. Healthy School Manager. Children's Service-Serco
Aim of workshop

• Share the good practice work of partnership working:
      – Morag Quirk & Jane Linton (Educational Psychologist)
      – Dr Gary Law (Child Clinical Psychologist)
      – Sallyann Sutton (Young People’s Health Advisor Emotional Health &
          Wellbeing)


• To give an overview of the project
       – Background
       – Aims
       – delivery
       – Outcomes

• Demonstrate the use of audit and planning tool
Setting the Scene
Walsall’s Children’s Mental Health Strategies are developed and commissioned
through a partnership approach.

This approach brings together for example:

Health Services
     • Walsall & Dudley Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (CAMHS & Clinical
        Psychology Services)
     • Walsall NHS Community Health Trust (Children's preventative Service i.e.Young
        Peoples Health Advisors, School Health Advisors, Health Visiting, Health
        Promotion Services

Walsall Children’s Services, Serco
    • Healthy Schools,
    • Educational psychologists (CISS),
    • Education Welfare Officers,
    • School Improvement,
    • Behaviour Support, LAC
Strategies/Projects


• Emotional Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Children and Young
  People in Walsall.
• Healthy Schools – Whole school approach
• PSHE Education
• Schools Mental Health Teaching Resource (KS3 & 4)
• SEAL
• CAMHS Strategic partnership
• Childrens Preventative Service
• Inclusion Partnership pilot
• Project development work
Training



• MIND
• STORM (Skills Training on Risk Management)
• SEAL
• Emotional Health & Wellbeing (Self Esteem) – Secondary
  Teachers
• Solihull Approach for Early Years & School Aged Years
Promoting Positive Mental Health
in Schools.

The Project: Why?
• Raft of strategies and initiatives to promote CYP’s Mental Health
       – Promoting Children Mental Health in Schools (2001)
       – Social Emotional Aspects of Learning
       – National Healthy Schools Programme
       – Every Child Matters
       – Mental Health is ‘everyone’s business’.

• Need to be consistent with and build up on existing policies and
  guidance.

• Empower schools to do what is needed and for us to support and
  signpost.
The project

starting points & intended outcomes
Two pilot projects commissioned by
1)   Two neighbouring Primary Schools. Both schools use the SEAL (Social
     Emotional Aspects of Learning, National Primary Strategy) Curriculum
     resource.
2)   A pupil referral unit for Key stage 4.

Anticipated Outcomes:
• to raise awareness of mental health issues in schools

•    to develop practice in promoting resiliency

•    to engage parents in building resiliency of children

•    to understand roles and promote effective engagement of other
     agencies engaged in promoting positive mental health
Promoting Positive Mental Health
in Schools.

The Project: How?
• Planning sessions with members of SLT

• Training half day for teaching staff, teaching assistants, support staff
  and service providers
  Content:
   • Baseline data
   • SEAL and mental health
   • Risk and Resiliency
   • Understanding mental health and referral pathways
   • Scenario's

• Follow-up meeting to review the school ‘action plan’ and identify any
  ongoing support from outside agencies.

• Delivery of agreed support over 12 month period.
Evaluation of project

• Pre and post test questionnaires were completed as part of the
  evaluation process, tracking developments in policy and practice over
  time.

• PASS data

• 2008/9 Children’s perceptions gathered in response to the specific
  action plan agreed. (This will be built upon more comprehensively in second project)


• Learning from project one
      – Secured buy in and commitment from SLT
      – Development of a more structured action planning exercise.
Audit and Planning
       Tools
And the future…..


TaMHS – Targeted Mental Health in Schools.

 A project funded by the DCSF which aims to transform the
     way mental health support is delivered to children to
  improve their mental wellbeing and tackle problems early.

    An ‘ecological’ approach to promoting mental health
      involving viewing the child not just in terms of their
   problems and needs, but in relation to the environments
                 and structures they are part of
        (family, peers, class, school and wider community)

				
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