Time to Act


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In August 2015 The Department for Education (DfE) appointed a mental health champion for Schools who is now calling on the  government to ensure there is a counsellor in every school. Natasha Devon has said that the move could benefit young people who lack the confidence to seek help outside of the school environment. “If the school counsellor is there they’re much more likely to talk,” she said, adding that school counsellors are then able to refer young people with problems to the right services to get help. A survey in 2014 found that around 86 per cent of secondary schools had access to a counsellor. In addition to calling for more counsellors, Ms Devon raised concerns around the DfE’s plans to boost mental health support in schools through peer to peer mentoring, warning that such a move isn’t the “magic solution” the DfE “perhaps thought it was”. She said young people “have enough stress and pressure without adding the pressure of being the primary mental health caregiver for someone else”. It is vital that Schools in Sussex take up this challenge and use the services of charities such as YMCA Downslink Group to ensure that all Schools, Primary as well as Secondary make this sort of provision. There is also a need to ensure that at all levels of education from Early Years through to University have resources to care for those in their care, including the mental well being of their students.

 

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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