Student mental health & performance requires a platform of resilience to be truly preventative & that means a different approach to mental health in school.
CASE STUDY: COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
Building resilience in our community
How do you raise the resilience of a community? One family at a time.
Improve outcomes for children across our community by improving the quality of the inter-parental relationships. This is increasingly recognised as a primary influence on effective parenting practices and children’s long-term mental health and future life chances.
Since 2015 we have worked in partnership with the charity Resilience Matters to raise the resilience of more than 450 parents. They have gained simple and transferable skills to help themselves and their families navigate change and uncertainty, reduce stress and confidently improve relationships and self-esteem.
We have done this for little or no cost.
And the Story 3 year later
“ The quality of the inter-parental relationship, specifically how parents communicate and relate to each other, is increasingly recognised as a primary influence on effective parenting practices and children’s long-term mental health and future life chances. Supporting and enabling parents and children in their relationships; their ability to cope, adapt and achieve despite the challenges they may face is essential to our community’s health and sense of well-being. Programmes which strengthen families are an important tool to improve outcomes for children across our community.”
Dr Helen Miles – Policy Director – Government of Jersey Commenting professionally after experiencing our programme
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Conventional wellbeing programmes are rarely designed to target the often unconscious or ‘not talked about’ aspects of workplace culture that silently affect its leadership style and people’s habits, beliefs and behaviours.
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.