This project set out to:
- raise the awareness of mental health issues in young people with in schools and the voluntary sector
- provide specific information on particular problems such as eating disorders and self-harm
- identify professionals who could act as mental health champions and provide peer support
- identify and train young people as peer supporters
The recommendations from the report Future in Mind sets out the clear impact on the role schools and others play in mental health promotion and the provision of mental health services for children and young people. One in ten young people between the ages of 5-16 suffers from a mental health disorder that is diagnosable and can be treated.
Eight training courses were held aimed at school staff, the voluntary sector, local authority staff who work with children and young people, and young people themselves. The subjects were: introduction to children and young people’s mental health, self-harm, eating disorders, train the trainers and peer support.
88 people from 32 schools in Enfield attended training. In addition, a further 95 attended specific topical training and 40 went on to train as trainers and become mental health champions in their organisations. 15 teenagers were trained as peer supporters and to be mental health champions within their schools. All training was organised and facilitated through Young Minds, the UKs leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being of children and young people.
There was a big take up of training places from the schools and the voluntary sector such that the courses were oversubscribed. The training achieved all of the identified objectives. A wide cross section of professionals and volunteers attended the training sessions. Enfield is moving towards a systematic approach to recognising and responding to emotional and mental health issues in young people.