Secondary headteacher views on mental health and wellbeing

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By Deirdre McConnell
on 09 March, 2015

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The London School of Economics (LSE) concludes that emotional health in childhood is the key to future happiness.

Yet headteachers say children are being let down by gaps in the critical treatment of pupil’s mental health needs. While most schools access training for staff, less than half use screening tools to identify strengths and difficulties in young people, which can be important to the early identification of mental health issues.

Schools play a vital role in enhancing the protective factors through a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing which includes staff.

Find a screening tool here and read how, alongside effective evidence-based early intervention, headteachers think a head of wellbeing role in secondary schools could help.

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