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Schools to receive new mental health guidance

26/03/2015 Joanna
New advice is being provided to schools across the country to improve teaching about mental health and tackle the stigma attached to mental health disorders.

Produced in conjunction with the Personal Social Health and Economic Association, the guidance will facilitate the provision of age-appropriate teaching on mental health problems, from anxiety and depression to eating disorders and self-harm.

Meanwhile, a blueprint developed in conjunction with children and young people will provide headteachers with practical advice on how to deliver top-quality, school-based counselling services that meet the needs of those they are intended to support.

Some £4.9 million of funding has been pledged by the government for voluntary organisations to boost support on offer for young people struggling with mental health problems.

One in ten children - or around three in every classroom - has a diagnosable mental health disorder. The government says the new measures will prevent them from suffering in silence and ensure their classmates understand the problems they are facing.

Detailed lesson plans will also be provided in time for the new school year, containing tangible and real-life examples of how mental health matters should be taught to children and young people.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan said the guidance "will give teachers the confidence to teach mental wellbeing sensitively and effectively, while the lessons plans will give them the material needed to inspire them".

"By improving teaching on this subject we will help young people make sense of mental health issues and teach them how to keep themselves and others healthy," she added.

The £4.9 million funding forms part of the government's £25 million voluntary and community sector funding stream to support organisations that make a difference to children and their families.

Mental health charity Mind will receive £400,000 of funding to provide pupils worried about their mental health with a confidential route to learn more and seek support.

The Royal College of Paediatrics is to receive £564,000 to expand MindEd, an online resource that helps parents understand children's mental health issues.

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