Mental Health First Aiders at Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary School
Mental health issues are an increasing concern not only within adults but also children and young people. The last national morbidity survey completed for children and young people was in 2004, which found that 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 were reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. In 2013/2014 there were 51,000 referrals of 15 – 19 year olds to psychological therapies (NHS, March 2016). The current statistics around mental health show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year (mind.org). This demonstrates an increasing trend in issues around mental health for young people. Poor mental health and low emotional wellbeing has been identified as a common concern that is affecting young people within our E-ACT academies.
To support our children and young people E-ACT have trained ten members of staff to be trained instructors of Youth Mental Health First Aid across the country. This has enabled the instructors to go into the academies and train academy staff as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. This will enable them to provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress. Training for Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary Academy staff started in September 2017. As a result, we currently have 4 members of current staff fully trained as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’.
The training will continue to be rolled out every term for all staff who work with children. It is our aim for all of our staff to be trained.
Our current Academy’s Mental Health First Aiders are: