‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school
June 28, 2017 7 comments
‘Mental health first aid champions’ could be appointed for every secondary school across England under new plans announced by the government.
Approximately 3,000 teachers will receive special training over the next three years in how to identify symptoms of mental illness amongst pupils, becoming lengthily titled ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’.
Conditions to be spotlighted will include depression, self-harming, and abnormal anxiety, as well as anorexia and other eating disorders.
Recently reappointed health secretary Jeremy Hunt said £200,000 would be provided for the training. He claimed it would help address a general health issues amongst teachers, spread awareness and help to reduce stigma. The minister confirmed that it would be extended to primary schools before the end of the next Parliament.
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June 28, 2017