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As License Holders of Mental Health First Aid in Wales our mission is to provide high quality evidence-based mental health information, training, education and services that are accessible and affordable to all. Our goal is to build resilience in individuals and reduce stigma in the community. 

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What can schools do about the increasing issue of anxiety and other mental health issues that many children are now suffering from? This is an important question for all schools and educators. Beverly Smalley, Education Specialist at TTS Group, looks at ways teachers can recognise the issues at hand and what they can do to effectively support those suffering.

 

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The Schools Health Education Unit, based in Exeter since 1977, has just released a major report about the emotional health and wellbeing of young people.  

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"It is clear that we have reached the limits of using data alone as a proxy for educational quality.” 
Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills writes in an opinion piece for Schools Week (January 2019). “Inspection should capture the things that no data measure can, no matter how well constructed. We need to look at how a school has achieved results, not just take them at face value, and at the things that aren’t and often can’t be measured.”

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Many schools across the UK are using the Story Massage Programme as an integral part of promoting positive mental health. Key benefits include helping pupils to express challenging feelings, to self-regulate their emotions and to build positive relationships. 

The Story Massage Programme combines the benefits of positive, respectful touch with the creativity of storytelling. The programme is based on ten simple strokes (given through clothes) which illustrate the words of a story/song/poem. Each stroke has a name and easy-to-recognise symbol making it simple to share. 

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Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves usually to deal with difficult emotions. In most cases there is no suicidal intention, but this does not mean there is no risk, especially with 1 in 12 young people between 10 and 16 in Britain self-harming (Hawton, 2012), the highest rate in Europe. Within schools, management of self-harm in particular has been highlighted as a major area of concern. 

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Simply Mindfulness is a group of primary and secondary school teachers and occupational therapists in Norfolk, qualified to teach mindfulness in schools.  We offer the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) ‘.b’ (dot be, for children aged 11-18) and ‘Paws b’ (pause be, for children aged 7-11) programmes as part of the PSHE curriculum, or as lunch or afterschool clubs.  We also provide mindfulness workshops for school staff, and the 8-Week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life Course, as developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, to promote teacher wellbeing.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Training Ltd is a company committed to reducing mental health stigma, improving knowledge and helping communities to feel able to support themselves to keep well and thrive. We aim to do this by providing evidence-based, government recommended mental health training, delivered by experienced mental health consultants.

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Through our staff and student workshops and parent/carer training courses, we aim to help you develop flourishing school communities with strong minds and big hearts.

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Essential Guides for Early Career Teachers book series launched by NASBTT and Critical Publishing
 
A new suite of books designed to help early career teachers navigate through their training year and first two years of teaching has been launched by the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) and Critical Publishing at a reception at the Ambassadors Hotel in Bloomsbury.
 

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