One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years old has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem for children and young people the overall aims of the mental health strategy are to :
·improve the mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people and keep them well and
·improve outcomes for children and young people with mental health problems through high quality services that are equally accessible to all
·mental health and educational attainment : the role of schools and colleges Schools and colleges play an important role in relation to health and wellbeing. Good schools and colleges develop the right culture and ethos to support all children and young people's wellbeing. They embed the right skills, behaviour and support systems to remove barriers to learning and build confidence and self-esteem.
What schools and colleges can do :
·have a whole approach to supporting all pupils wellbeing and resilience, this includes both universal approaches (such as developing skills for wellbeing or parental support) and targeted services for children and young people with, or at risk of developing behavioural difficulties or emotional problems
·adresses bullying : bullying puts children and young people at significant risk of developing mental health problems
·ensure staff are aware of how mental health relates to their work : Mental Health Awareness can help staff recognise signs of mental ill-health and behaviour attendance and attainment and will know when a child needs extra help
·know what specialist mental health support is available. Schools and colleges can ensure they are aware of the services offered by local child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and by the Independant and Voluntary sector, and of how children yound people and their families can access them. They can contribute to shaping specialist provision through input to SSNA and commissioning processes, this may be...