“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.

...the next MHC Network Meetings will take place;

WEST NETWORK - Monday 3rd December @ Lidget Green Primary School

NORTH NETWORK -Tuesday 4th December @ venue TBC

SOUTH NETWORK - Thursday 6th December @ Shirley Manor Primary School

EAST NETWORK - Friday 7th December @ venue TBC

 

If you are school staff and would like to attend any of these meetings please get in touch with our project development officer Faye at faye.keenan@relatebradford.com 

RESILIENCE; The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Better Start Bradford is showcasing a Bradford tour of James Redford’s acclaimed documentary, RESILIENCE, The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope next Saturday 24th November at midday.

 

‘This one hour documentary, directed and produced by Robert Redford’s son, James, delves into the science behind how extreme or prolonged stressful experience in childhood can affect brain development, leading to health and social problems across the lifespan. This is now recognised to be a leading cause of many physical, mental and social issues. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion, exploring what we can all do to better support babies, children and families in Bradford.’

 To book a place follow the link

 

FREE TRAINING WITH BEAT - Eating Disorders

'It is estimated that 20% of young people within secondary schools will exhibit some signs of an eating disorder. By attending our free training session, delivered by one of our expert clinical trainers, you will be able to spot the signs in your students and learn how to support them effectively as well as gain access to our exclusive professional support services.'

Follow the link to view the details on the official flyer, 'Applied Professional Development, Eating Disorders Training for School Professionals'

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Mental Health Champions, Re-launch Conference, September 2018

 

Our huge MHC re-launch conference was featured in the Telegraph and Argus last week. With nearly 150 attendees, and speakers including Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert, Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Francis Murphy, of Pegasus School, Oxford, we had a truly inspiring day.

You can find out more by following the link below

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