“A Mental Health Champion is a member of school staff...”

who has a special interest in and responsibility for Mental Health matters in the school.”

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Mental Health Champions

All Mental Health Champions strive towards making sure that Mental Health is a school priority, and endevour that resources and activities to get pupils staff and parents talking about Mental Health matters are available in schools.

Some Mental Health Champions (MHC's) will be Teachers, others will be Learning Mentors or Higher Level Teaching Assistants. Some Mental Health Champions will be members of the Senior Leadership Team in the school. It is a condition of joining the Mental Health Champions pilot project that every school also has a named member of the Senior Leader Team who offers strategic support to the project, and ensures that Mental Health Matters are prioritised within the school, for example by ensuring that there is dedicated time for Mental Health Assemblies, and within PSHCE lessons, that the Champions have a reasonable release time for their duties and that the emotionally demanding work they do is acknowledged and valued within school.

This project is in a pilot stage at present, and all schools who have signed up to the project participate in an MHC network meeting every half term. This gives schools the opportunity to explore new resources linked to the half termly Mental Health theme, to share support and good practice with other MHC’s, and to take part in group supervision sessions with Primary Mental Health Workers from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, and Educational Psychologists from the Bradford Educational Psychology Team.

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Childrens Mental Health Week 2018 took place between 5th - 11th February. Our schools were involved in taking part and helping spread awareness of what #BeingOurselves means to them in school.

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The Mental Health Champions were featured in the Telegraph and Argus earlier this year, follow the link below to hear first hand from one of our schools the contribution we feel this project makes to our Young People's experience of school life;

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