Heads Together | The Duchess Launches Mentally Healthy SchoolsOn February 7, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Open discussion about positive mental health really needs to start in primary, so that children grow up knowing that these are acceptable things to talk about, so the school becomes a safe space in which to have those conversations I see time and time again that there is so much to be gained from talking of mental health and taking the mental health of our children as seriously as we do their physical health. The role of teachers here is absolutely vital. We need to teach children strategies to become resilient in the face of these many challenges that they face. Many of our teachers require training, development and guidance The Mentally Healthy Schools portal does most of that. I’ve only really got one word to describe the sight that I saw this morning, and that’s ‘wow’. This, for the first time, is one place where all teachers can go We don’t expect them to be experts about mental health, but we want them to know that this is information that they can use, resources they can use in the classroom and it’s trustworthy and it’s accurate. The children were doing a rose tinted glasses activity. So it was glasses that they had to design to express their own identity and once they put it on, they would see the good in people. It was directly from the website, from the portal and that portal provided exact detailed what should you do, how it will support the teacher, how will it support the children, what the outcome was, and most importantly, it links to the curriculum. So it helps teachers tremendously. We’re kind of walking hand in hand with them every day They’re going to be able to get it at the touch of a button and for teachers, I think, with their very complicated lives, this is really what they need. The ambition is to roll this website out this year, so it’s available to every teacher in every primary school in the UK. I’m so excited to see where this work will take us in the future. Thank you.