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Teachers trained about poor mental health warning signs to support pupils

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Mental health awareness training for teachers is being rolled out nationwide as part of a range of measures by the government to tackle the increase in children suffering from mental health issues:

    ‘Teachers will be taught how to recognise the warning signs for anxiety, depression and low mood, as part of a government-funded mental health drive.

    More than 1,800 secondary schools and colleges will receive the training, as part of the latest phase of the mental health awareness training.’

    What do you think about the programme and do you think the measures go far enough to try to tackle the problem of more children suffering from poor mental health? Do you think a similar programme is needed for teachers?

  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    OK. If the 'training' is more than a morning on an INSET day watching a powerpoint I will be surprised. Once everyone is trained then what happens? We will identify hundreds, possibly thousands if kids with issues, refer them upwards and then what? Are they going to invest the necessary fnds in all the additional support services that will be needed?
  3. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    I just like that this thread is abbreviated to; "Teachers trained about poo..." on the front page

    We need to be, we get it slung at us from all angles!
  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    I am still interested to find out if teachers will be in any way "accountable" for not spotting signs of mental ill-health.
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  5. defenceagainstthedarkarts

    defenceagainstthedarkarts Occasional commenter

    I doubt it. It's a response to a non-problem - the government are facing criticism for new exams contributing to mental health problems, they can claim that they have trained their teachers in response to this, and everything rolls on much as it ever did before.
  6. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Students with mental health issues may be identified but as blazer says above, is there any support or help for them from other agencies? CAMHS is under severe pressure as this article details:


    I think that the government would like there to be in-school support for these students provided by teachers or pastoral staff and this 'training' may be the first step along this path. The reason? It's cheap.

    The government must at some stage face up to the fact that our current education system simply makes many staff and students mentally ill.
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  7. defenceagainstthedarkarts

    defenceagainstthedarkarts Occasional commenter

  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I agree that all teachers should be aware of signs of mental health difficulties among the students they work with.
    They should then try to work with the child in as supportive a way as possible. However, most MH issues need more than tea and sympathy, and proper evaluation by an MH specialist is needed.
    The late unlamented Mrs May said but wouldn't do the right things.
  9. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    As mentioned above, we are already identifying many students with mental health issues - CAMHS have told us that unless they have attempted suicide they do not have the capacity to deal with them.
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  10. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    I disagree. Teachers are not mental health professionals and are not qualified to work with the child.
  11. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    We're the ones outside the family who know them best.

    I meant teach the child, using resources sensibly and sensitively being aware that the child's health will impact on their ability to learn, not attempt to give therapy.
  12. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    As a classroom teacher of a subject like History, I often saw pupils once a week (sometimes 3 times in two weeks) for 45-60 minutes, in a group of 30 or so. Quite frankly to think that, even with 'training' (probably an hour slot at the end of an INSET day, just when everyone is half asleep) I could have then made a secure assessment of a pupil's mental health, let alone found some way to help them (surely the next step) is laughable.
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  13. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

  14. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Oh for the days when all a teacher was required to do was teach. Now a teacher is expected to be a surrogate parent, a counsellor, a nurse, a social worker, in fact everything the Government can't find other people to do. Why aren't parents doing more?
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  15. defenceagainstthedarkarts

    defenceagainstthedarkarts Occasional commenter

  16. I think teachers need to be given freedom to teach and not burdened with spotting mental ill health in pupils. The issue of mental ill health in young people is so complex and multi-faceted. The school is a community. To belong (this applies to the staff of schools as well as pupils) a community that cares and nurtures will do much for mental health if there is ill health present or not. I am a health professional working with schools.
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