The Importance of Mental Health Support

Mental health issues can be a real concern, particularly in the instance where your pupil is in a disadvantaged or toxic environment at home. While mental health awareness has been improving over the last decade or so, teachers have still voiced their concerns that over two-thirds of them are not appropriately trained to provide support for mental health issues.

Easier to Identify than to ‘Treat’

While around 60% of teachers have stated that they felt equipped to identify pupil behaviour that is linked to mental health problems, this is only half of the battle.

It is fantastic that teachers feel they are able to better identify struggling children, but it is also important that they are also given the means with which to help and support these children.

 

A United Front on All Sides

As with behavioural issues, homework and reinforced learning techniques, it is important that both teachers (and teaching assistants) and parents are all on the same page when referring to the mental health and wellbeing of the child. Mental health is still very much a taboo subject in the family home and it is important that this stigma is removed in order to provide more support to children who need it. An open and honest environment when dealing with such issues will also help to show the child that it can be a common issue and that there is nothing ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ about them.

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