Research suggests that every year, approximately 20% of young people suffer with a mental health problem, (Mental Health Foundation, 2005). In teenage years, a person’s mental health can suffer contributing to a higher risk of developing mental health problems later in life (Nuffield Foundation, 2013).
It is well documented that poor mental health undermines educational attainment. Research suggests that large numbers of pupils with conduct and emotional disorders fall behind in their overall educational attainment, missing school and/or being excluded. (Green H., et al., 2005). In addition, low self-esteem and self-confidence has a detrimental effect on a pupil’s ability to fully engage with their education.
Teenage years, are also the time when serious mental health problems start to emerge. Self-Harm and substance abuse are unfortunately common in teenage years, and illnesses such as Schizophrenia and Personality Disorders start to emerge having a catastrophic effect on the person’s life if not recognised and managed in a timely and appropriate manner.
The Department for Education is clear and states that “If schools suspect that a pupil is having mental health difficulties, then they should not delay putting support in place”. (Mental health and behaviour in schools, DfE March 2016)
Therefore, in order to help their pupils succeed, schools have a role to play in supporting them to be resilient and mentally healthy. However many schools and academies have identified this as a difficult task and one they feel ill equipped to manage.
Purple Daisy can help by training staff to recognise potential mental health issues in students and work through how these could be managed. Training is available to groups of staff and will be tailored to the needs of the school.
Individual pupils and their families can be supported by our staff, who can assist in finding solutions to their problems, advising on NHS services and working together with school to enable pupils to achieve their potential.
We have numerous training sessions which can be delivered to staff, parents and students as part of the curriculum or as extra-curriculum activities. We will adapt our sessions to meet the needs of the school.
What issues can the Purple Daisy team help address within my school?
We can provide individual support, small group support and training. We have extensive experience in working with a range of issues:
- Deliberate Self Harm
- Attempted Suicide
- Domestic Violence
- Past and current abuse
- Depression and low mood
- OCD and phobias
- self esteem and self confidence issues
- The impact of poor mental health in the family
- drugs and alcohol
- and more…
We run clubs in schools to promote Mental Health and train students to become peer supporters.
We can also offer support and advice for staff returning to work after mental ill health and staff suffering from stress.
Our pricing options are flexible and designed to meet the needs of your school.