A recent study by the Youth Mental Health First Aid in Schools programme has confirmed what many of us have seen day by day: the taboo surrounding mental health issues remains a fundamental barrier which stops pupils and students speaking openly about any problems they perceive.
Indeed research by the NASUWT union last year revealed that, although 98 per cent of teachers have contact with pupils who they believe are experiencing mental health issues, 46 per cent report never having received any training on youth mental health.
However the report has shown that a small number of schools are making progress in facing the issue of helping pupils and students to deal with the problems they are facing.
And thus the question is asked, how can we help improve the mental well-being of pupils and students? It is a most important question, not least because pupils and students who have the ability to prevent mild conditions from becoming major problems cope better than those who don’t have this skill.
And this is what NLP4Kids offers. Helping pupils and students communicate their thoughts and feelings with others, helping them make meaningful relationships, and ultimately helping them improve their employment opportunities.
If you feel that you have some pupils and students in your school who are not reaching their full potential because of mental health issues, and you would like to make use of external funding to help these children, I would ask you to get in touch.
We have already worked with numerous schools across the country and now have additional time and funding available to come to your school and work with the children you nominate. There are more details of our work at http://nlp4kids.org.uk/positive
If you would like to discuss the options without any obligation please do call 0345 3192 666 or 0203 6677 294 or email gemma@NLP4Kids.org