‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school

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‘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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7 comments

dr. manhattan62 - June 28, 2017 at 12:59pm

This is ridiculous.
teachers are in schools for one reason, to educate. they should not be taking on the role of assessing mental health issues.
again this can be abused by LA staff to remove even more children. they rae operating like pet shops. the more demand for a certain type of pet the higher the supply operation rises to meet that demand.
Supply and Demand, thats what this is all about.

dr. manhattan62 - June 28, 2017 at 1:05pm

You could say its like Pet Shops for Children with nobody policing it.
the SS are the Poachers bringing in the new Stock.

Paul - June 29, 2017 at 11:59am

Whats the point. Once you leave school nobody gives a sxxt about your mental health. You become just another unreliable employee. Once you become a father they could not give a flying fxxk if you throw yourself under a train. Your convincing kids that their is a support net work in place that people care about your issues. Nothing could be further from the truth. You just become a sick note. A nusance to your employer. A burden on the NHS and the benefits system.
Message should be. Get a grip kids. If you have a breakdown. Tough shit your on your own. So just get a grip kids !!!

dr. manhattan62 - June 29, 2017 at 12:54pm

A little harsh but i can see where youre coming from with some of your points.
the reality is that the UK is simply over populated and its getting worse as the migrants pour into the country by the tens of thousands.
the stats indicate the UK population has gone up by 500,000 in the past 12 months. will the public services at breaking point i fail to see the logic in what the Govt is doing letting even more people in. something is going to snap before long and it wont be good.

Cameron Paterson - June 29, 2017 at 2:09pm

Personally I am very sceptical of media claims that streams of migrants are endlessly clamouring to come here. The UK isn’t all that hospitable. Germany is much more attractive option for most I would have thought

dr. manhattan62 - June 29, 2017 at 2:17pm

its not just media claims,
figures of hundreds of thousands of migrants coming into the uk each year was stated by Teresa May over the past weeks when she spoke of trying to bring those numbers down to tens of thousands.

dr. manhattan62 - June 29, 2017 at 2:24pm

With regards to immigration,
what the Govt are doing to the British public who clearly dont want more immigrants coming in is just like reporting your house has been burgled and you want more security in the area but he police say no its fine just leave all your windows and doors open.

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