World MH Day 2017 Last day of HOPE Training


Why Training is Important

Training in Mental Health is essential for adults that work with children and young people in schools

Here's why...

Research demonstrates that parents and carers will usually turn first to their child's teacher/school for advice on their child or young persons' emotional well-being.  Yet school staff will often report feeling unskilled, untrained  and lacking the knowledge on how to help a pupil with mental health concerns. 

This information matters because students spend 6 hours a day in school and will often turn to someone they are familiar with to seek support and understanding.  Unknowingly, these children are turning to adults that feel unable to help as their "job" is to teach and improve learning, as per government targets.  

The training courses the burden basket is offering will cover crucial mental health concerns in a practical, understandable way.  More importantly it will provide tools, advice and strategies to help. The following statistics demonstrate why helping mental health as soon as possible is really important...

  • Research shows that at any one point in time 1 in 10 children and young people between 5 and 16 will experience a mental health problem. 
  • Half of the adults who have a long-term mental health concern began experiencing symptoms by the age of 14.
  • It is estimated that every 22 minutes in Britain, a child or young person in the UK is bereaved of a parent. 
  • Approximately 1 in 25 children and young people have experienced bereavement of a parent or sibling - that's about the same as one child in every school classroom in the country. 
  • Self-harming in young people is not uncommon (10–13% of 15–16-year-olds have self-harmed).  Download Distractions handout from NSHN
  • At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and one in six adults has a mental health problem at any one time. 


HOPE Training feedback

"Lots of information to be able to get started.  Has opened my mind to different things and has changed some of my opinions.  The ‘ACES’ video was particularly striking.  Feel less scared about certain situations"

"I have found this training very helpful.  It has been good to have the 4 days to go through the information and it has been delivered excellently.  I am excited to adapt what I have learnt to support identified in school.  I am also keen to think about my staff’s wellbeing and I am gong to plan 1/2 termly slots for them to have ‘supervision’ times to ensure they are getting supported too."

"I have really enjoyed the training and it will help me within my role.  Thank you"

"The delivery of the training was excellent and very informative.  The course has given me a new found confidence in my job role.  Thank you!"

Full HOPE audit report here

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