[United Kingdom] Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers

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07 Jun 2020

Several online resources and projects try to help schools and colleges fight with the impact coronavirus have made on mental health and wellbeing. They share the goal to encourage people with videos, webinars, teaching materials, to talk more confidently about their fears, anxieties they feel as a result of the pandemic.

The Department for Education in UK supports with more than £750,000 several organisations to help students, boost their resilience, and continue to prevent bullying. There had already been an investment of £9 million in mental health charities to help the most in need, especially to help them plan guides for a return to education.

Some examples:

  • A new training module for teachers to provide them support for lessons on the UK Government's new Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) curriculum.
  • A new good practice will be developed by mental health charity MindEd for schools and colleges before the end of the summer term.
  • Other organisations, like the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Place2be have also welcomed these new actions.
  • The Link Programme that provides external specialist mental health services offering online workshops.
  • Mental Health Support Teams in the country will also help to develop recovery approach with trained staff.

A letter by the School Standards Minister Nick Gibb aims to emphasise the focus on education staff wellbeing and on a commitment to developing a wellbeing charter for the teaching sector. Several representatives of the above-mentioned organisations and ministers have responded or added a comment to the measures.

According to Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford: "There has never been a more important time to speak about mental health and wellbeing – especially for thousands of children, young people and teachers who are adapting to education and different ways of living and learning in these unprecedented times.

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