Mental health workshops

August 04 2017

SCHOOL staff in South Gloucestershire are to take part in workshops next term to help them support children and young people’s mental health.

SCHOOL staff in South Gloucestershire are to take part in workshops next term to help them support children and young people’s mental health.

The NHS and council in the district are working with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to provide the two-day training programme for school mental health leads.

The aim is to build links between schools and the local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) and to ensure that school staff know what help is available locally for young people.

Dr Kate Mansfield, from South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that when a young person is brave enough to approach a member of staff at school or medical professional for help, it’s vitally important that we don’t let them fall through the gaps between services. We also know that we can help young people most effectively and they will have the best health outcomes if they receive the right care at the earliest possible age.

“This is a great opportunity for staff from schools and mental health care to work more closely to improve the care and experience of children and young people experiencing problems with mental health.

“I’m delighted to see local schools engaging in joined-up approaches with mental health services to ensure that children, parents and teachers know what services are available in South Gloucestershire for children and young people with concerns about their mental health."

The training is due to be delivered to schools in the north and south of South Gloucestershire during four dates in the autumn.

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Kate Archibald using katearchibald@nhs.net.