News & Events

School based education reduces suicide attempts

22 January, 2016

The Lancet has recently published the results of research carried out in 168 schools across Europe, called the 'Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe' trial (SEYLE).
This has demonstrated that training and education of teachers and pupils in suicide awareness and mental health significantly reduces the incidence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.
Please read more here.

Time to Talk - a service of reflection for people affected by suicide

8 December, 2015

On Saturday February 27th 2016 at 10.30 there will be a service of reflection for those bereaved or affected by suicide. This will be held at St Martin in the Fields. It will be a 'time together with music, words and space for reflection for those with loss and grief….journeying towards hope and healing'.
This is a free event, organised by St Martins in the Fields and The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities and, if you would like to attend, please contact http://judimeadows.com with the number of seats you require. Free e-tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.

Every school will have a mental health champion

5 December, 2015

The Government has just announced a new pilot programme, which will introduce a new 'mental health champion' in 250 schools and, if successful, this will be rolled out to all schools.
The pilot schools will select a teacher, teaching assistant or nurse to act as the 'point of contact' to forge a relationship with their local NHS childrens' service, to ensure that children receive the right treatment.
This is good news, but as Nicky Morgan, Minister for Education says: 'the development of character, resilience and good mental health in vital alongside academic success in equipping young people with the skills needed to fulfil their potential'.
The Trust considers that this should be provided for all children as part of their education. Emotional wellbeing and good mental health should be at the centre of the ethos and culture of all our childrens' education. This will ensure more children fourish and fewer children need help. This can only be achieved if all teachers and staff are trained and all children are given the opportuity to:

  • learn how to keep emotionally and mentally healthy
  • understand the signs of being unwell
  • have the skills to recover and
  • build confidence to ask for help, when its needed

This way we will remove the stigma of mental health, which prevents early intervention. Emotional wellbeing and good mental health must become part of our language in education.
Please read more here.

New Youth Mental Health Hub launched

26 October, 2015

NHS Choices has just launched a new Mental Health Hub for young people. The Hub offer young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress. This is part of a wider anti-stigma campaign being led by the Government, which will include a social media campaign through Time to Change.

New Eton Head promotes Emotional Intelligence and good Mental Health

22 October, 2015

The new Headmaster of Eton College wants to develop emotional intelligence in his pupils and provide them with a 'holistic, rounded' education.
Simon Henderson, the new headmaster, says: "There's more awareness of emotional intelligence and of mental health… of young people building confidence and resilience to manage themselves in a faster changing, challenging environment".
This is very encouraging and supports the work we do through the Partnership for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health in Schools.
Please read more about Eton College's new approach to emotional wellbeing here.