Emotionally Healthy Schools
The Emotionally Healthy Schools project has been running for two years and is supported by a number of agencies, including CWP, Cheshire East Council, local schools, Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG and the charities Visyon and Just Drop In.
The project focuses on improving resilience across schools and aims to develop teaching staff to ensure they meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of their students.
The third phase of the Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme began in April 2019 with CWP as the lead provider. CWP work in close partnership with Visyon and Just Drop In to deliver the offer to all schools and settings, Local Authority Youth Provision, and Community Organisations Affiliated to Connected Communities.
You can access Visyon’s offer of support to schools here: https://www.visyon.org.uk/support-for-schools
To book on to any of our training and consultation sessions described below click here.
Mental Health Awareness Training:
Our core training which is delivered in one day covers anxiety, depression, self-harm (including the Self-Harm Pathway) and outcome measures (specifically Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire SDQ, understanding and scoring).
Staff are first asked to complete four mind-ed core modules and then attend the training session to gain additional knowledge and embed learning into practice. This is done through practical case studies and resources to help respond confidently to specific mental health difficulties.
Attendees should register at www.minded.org.uk and create a learning account. Each module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete:
- Measuring what happens (module code 410-067)
- The worried child (module code 410-025)
- Sad, bored or isolated (module code 410-021)
- Self-harm and risky behaviour (module code 410-029)
Who should attend: This may be a pastoral staff member, safeguarding lead or someone with a special interest and function within the school/setting around mental health and emotional wellbeing, but is open to anyone and everyone working in a Cheshire East school, Local Authority Youth Provision, and Community Organisations Affiliated to Connected Communities.
Mental Health Consultation:
Group based offer of mental health consultation.
Schools/settings identify a child or young person where there is cause for concern and prioritise them for consultation. Advice is given on the most appropriate interventions, resources and pathways. There is opportunity for shared learning across schools/settings.
Who should attend: This will preferably be a member of staff that has attended our Mental Health Awareness Training, completed an SDQ and collated background information for the child or young person that they wish to discuss.
Facilitated Reflection sessions:
This part of the offer can be accessed as a whole school during a twighlight session, or inset day as required. We provide a session where staff can reflect on practice, share good working principles, and embed learning into their work with children and young people. There may be a focus on specific themes relating to practice to explore improved ways of working, and self-care, whilst ensuring a supportive environment.
Who should attend: Ideally this would be a member of staff that has attended our Mental Health Awareness Training and a consultation session, enabling them to reflect on strategies and resources that have been tried.
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