School takes steps to boost support
A team of staff members at The Radclyffe School are now trained youth mental health first aiders. Thirty-two have been through the training to give them the skills to identify when students might need help.
Specialist training company MHFA worked with the teaching and support staff. The training coincided with World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th October.
The mental health first aid training equips the trainees to recognise issues faced by children and young people. The approach can speed up a young person’s recovery, catch issues before they develop into a crisis and ultimately save lives. As well as raising knowledge levels it boosts confidence to deal with mental health problems, tackling stigma and provides a real focus on practical skills.
It is likely that one in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. Mental health and emotional issues often develop during teenage years, and can be long lasting and blight people’s lives.
The training took staff through the steps they need to take to help someone facing a mental health issue. From a first approach to someone showing signs of need, staff will listen without judging, give support and information, and then encourage the young person to get appropriate professional help and other support.
Safeguarding Lead Denise Harrison, who arranged the training explained, “Providing the best pastoral care we can is important to us, and we want to ensure that everyone in school can be open about wellbeing and mental health. First aid means taking the first action to get people the help they need, without needing to be a qualified therapist. Having such a large group of staff able to help can only encourage young people and adults that they can get support when they need it.”