‘An academy chain is planning to train all its staff as mental health first-aiders. The E-Act multi-academy trust, which comprises 25 primary and secondary schools, will also be launching its own mental health curriculum, intended to ensure that all pupils understand the issues that may affect them. The trust’s chief executive, David Moran, has chosen to finance the scheme – which will cost £420,000 annually – from E-Act’s central coffers, because he believes that good mental health is vital if pupils are to be able to learn. E-Act’s internal surveys show that almost a third of its pupils feel stressed most or all of the time. And more than 130 pupils said they were anxious or worried most or all of the time with more than 100 often feeling down, depressed, hopeless or teary.’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-new...trained-mental-health-first-aid-academy-chain What do you think about teachers being trained as mental health first-aiders and the multi-academy trust launching its own mental health curriculum? Do you think the Trust’s plans will really help to make children more aware of their own mental health? Is this counselling on the cheap, at the expense of teachers who already have enough pressure and heavy workloads in their jobs or do you think this is a novel approach to dealing with young people suffering from mental health problems? Do you think that the mental health of teachers should be dealt with first before they try to help pupils?