The current statistics around mental health show that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year (mind.org). Mental health issues are an increasing concern not only within adults but also children and young people. The last national morbidity survey completed for children and young people was in 2004, which found that 1 in 10 children aged between 5 and 16 were reported as having a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. In 2013/2014 there were 51,000 referrals of 15 – 19 year olds to psychological therapies (NHS, March 2016). This demonstrates an increasing trend in issues around mental health for young people. Poor mental health and low emotional wellbeing has been identified as a common concern that is affecting young people within our E-ACT academies.

To support our children and young people E-ACT have trained ten members of staff to be trained instructors of Youth Mental Health First Aid across the country. This has enabled the instructors to go into the academies and train academy staff as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. This will enable them to provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress. Training for Braintcroft E-Act Primary Academy staff started in September 2018. As a result, we currently have 14 members of staff fully trained as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’. The training will continue to be rolled out every term for all staff who work with children.

Braintcroft Academy’s Mental Health First Aiders are:

Selina Carberry – Nursery Teacher

Maya Patel – Support Staff

Shaheen Tarar – Support Staff

Nicoleta Koncz – Support Staff

Daryl Vartani – Support Staff

Jashu Gurasia – Support Staff

Michaela D’Costa – Support Staff

Sharon Walker – Assistant Head Teacher

Toots Beckett – Medical Co-ordinator

Arti Kapoor – Support Staff

Shabina Sharif – Support Staff

Shamim Malik – Support Staff

Kira Charlott – Support Staff

Radha Murji – Support Staff

Angela Cacchioli – Support Staff

 

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