resilience in school

Building resilience in schools

Taking a whole school approach means we can introduce a core set of skills to proactively manage mental health and reduce the social and emotional barriers to learning, together. There is so much power in introducing a common language in which our school community are better able to talk about their challenges and their emotions without feeling vulnerable. So many young people today have low aspirations and opinions of their learning capacity and motivation and resilience is reaching chronic levels.

Mental Health Awareness Week: We Need Action As Well As Awareness And We Need It Now.

It’s great to see prominent members of our society coming forward and talking about their own experiences of mental illness and highlighting ways to access help. However, the inevitability around lack of NHS funding means the reality is that we need to do whatever we can to ensure there is less need for these services in the first place and that means investing time, effort and support into the area of prevention that receives far too little focus and emphasis.

The “Mental Health Crisis”

We need to take a step back and move beyond the mindset of “early intervention” and invest some thought and action into more proactive approaches. Prevention is better than cure Rather than waiting for the symptoms of mental illness to present themselves, we need to invest in our children from a very early age to develop fundamental life skills that will enable them to adapt through pressure and uncertainty. Arm adults, parents, professionals, everybody with the mindset and resources to navigate intense levels of change to prevent poor mental health in the first place.