All schools and colleges in Wirral to be offered mental health training

All schools and colleges in Wirral will be offered mental health training as part of the national plan to provide more ‘joined up’ care. 

Using £9 million from the Department for Education, mental health training will be rolled out from September and provided through workshops bringing together school and college staff and NHS professionals. It will raise awareness of mental health concerns and improve referrals to specialist help when needed. 

The new Chair of Wirral’s Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Wendy Clements (Conservative, Greasby, Frankby, Irby Ward), said: “Bringing school and college staff from across Wirral into the same room as NHS professionals, and encouraging them to work together, will ensure more pupils and students get the right support at the right time. 

“With half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders beginning by the age of 14, bridging the gap between education and NHS services is vital if we are to ensure all children in Wirral get the best possible start in life.” 

The announcement is part of the wider programme to support young people’s mental health, which includes an additional £1.4 billion investment and the introduction of compulsory health education lessons from 2020. 

Starting later this year, the Government will also publish a ‘State of the Nation’ report every year on World Mental Health Day, highlighting the trends and issues in young people’s mental well-being.

This is the first time that children’s mental health will be reported in this way, alongside their physical health and academic attainment.

And, from 2020, pupils will receive mandatory health education lessons. This will ensure pupils are taught about the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, what determines their physical health and how to build mental resilience and wellbeing.

It will also make sure children and young people learn how to recognise when they and others are struggling with mental health and how to respond.
 

Get involved

  • 1 Current: Get involved
  • 2 Your details
  • 3
Can you help the local Conservatives campaign for our area? Please tick...
We need volunteers to help ensure we run a full operation in target areas at the next elections
Councillors, candidates and activists meet for a couple of hours on Saturday mornings to deliver leaflets and letters.
It's really important that we speak to residents about our plans for the future and the way in which Labour is failing the people of Wirral.
If you would like to make a donation, tick this box and our treasurer will be in touch with how you can help us in this way.
Not everyone is in when we knock on their door and other voters prefer a call. Let us know if you can phone voters from the comfort of your own home!
We're looking to select 22 candidates to stand in the 2020 Wirral Council elections.