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Mental health champion in schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by anon8315, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    Hello TES.

    I tend to lean more towards the slightly vacuous on here but I'm taking a short break from the banal.

    I have just stumbled across blogs on here by someone who is apparently the mental health champion in schools. I do not wish to criticise someone's intentions or to denigrate the good work that has been done, but despite searching (and I am very happy to be corrected and will apologise profusely if I am wrong) I cannot find any training or qualifications in mental health at all, and certainly not child mental health.

    I'm just wondering if anyone can explain this to me because I have to confess I am more than a little bit lost on this matter.
    install likes this.
  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    If a Serf can get themselves to the other end of the term without being observed by a Tsar then they can promote themselves as a Champion. It's like chess for people who can't play it.

  3. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    I am actually really shocked, and it takes a lot to shock me.

    Mental health is far too serious a matter to be putting someone with no qualifications in the role of a 'champion' regardless of how well-intentioned they may be.
    Middlemarch likes this.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Are these the 'Subject Genius' blogs? Never before has mediocrity been so outrageously promoted.
  5. whodareswins

    whodareswins New commenter

    I was a pastoral manager in a primary school.I was a 'mental health champion' (not my definition)and had to do several courses, working up to a 3 day course. The course was not aimed to take the place of the experts but to give an overview of anything connected to mental health or promoting'positive health' and where to access support, the right agencies etc. I found it extremely interesting and certainly helped me in my role x
  6. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    That's very different to being employed by the government as 'mental health champion' in schools, and with respect really not what I'm talking about here.
  7. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    The government doesn't champion mental health. It regards us as insects who need to be prodded to make hiveUK bigger and better than all those other hives.
  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Is this czar there to look after the students' mental health or the teachers'?
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Before I opened the thread, I thought this was going to be the government's response to all the news stories about children and young people suffering record amounts of poor mental health.

    I wouldn't put money against this turning out to be their response.
  10. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

    I know I am repeating myself, but I really am shocked.

    TES, I believe that you believe this lady is very well-intentioned and with I have no doubt great enthusiasm and energy for the role.

    However, mental health is so incredibly complex and has absolutely awful consequences when things go wrong.

    We have a mental health champion in schools. All schools. Primary and secondary. Are the needs of a teenager the same as a six year old? Covering all umbrellas - serious and debilitating MH disorders start to 'show' in teens - schizophrenia, personality disorders, psychosis. Autism causes a lot of MH conditions: it's a subject close to my heart as I've seen a family member crippled by the anxiety that goes along with it.

    The response - to create a role that is filled by someone whose credentials seem to be that she herself had an eating disorder and recovered is shocking.
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  11. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Have you a link @badger_girl ?
  12. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    are they trained to support the adults too? The latest figures for teachers' mental health are extremely worrying.
  13. anon8315

    anon8315 Established commenter

  14. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    As far as I can see, the role of this lady is not to deliver mental health care to any children. The aim of her role is to try to ensure that schools are aware of the issues and try to get proper support delivered by qualified practitioners to the children who need it.
    We are never going to get to the stage where every school has a mental health specialist, but every school should have someone who knows enough and has the contacts to refer the children who need this support to the right place.
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