Mental Health Matters
At The White Horse Federation, we are marking the start of Children’s Mental Health Week by reflecting on the challenges faced by young people with mental health problems. At the same time, we’re celebrating the excellent work being done by our schools to provide extensive support for their pupils.
It is not always considered that children and young people can be affected by mental health problems, yet a study by Children’s Society showed that 10% of young people between the ages of 5-16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. At The White Horse Federation, we recognise that mental health is an important subject and acknowledge that young people are just as likely to face difficulties as adults.
Providing help and support to young people is one of The White Horse Federation’s most crucial values. We know that our schools have a huge role to play in sustaining the health and wellbeing of their pupils, and we consider this to be just as important as the standard of education we provide. That is why we work continuously to enhance our provision and deliver the assistance and support pupils need if they experience mental health problems.
Julian Morgan, Director of Secondary Education at The White Horse Federation, said: “We’re proud that we remain focused on the mental health of the young people in our care all year. However, Children’s Mental Health Week is an excellent way to put a spotlight on the issues faced by many and highlight and promote the support on offer.”
Supporting Children for a Brighter Future
Although our support network delivers help to pupils currently experiencing mental health problems, there are also long-term considerations. Seventy-five percent of mental illnesses start during childhood, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15.
By creating school environments where students feel happy, safe, and comfortable, we are contributing toward the prevention of future mental health problems that may manifest themselves during childhood.
We’re There When Pupils Need Us
More than half of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed. This often causes them to suffer in silence and forego the support they need. Our trust works to encourage students to discuss the issues they are facing and seek help whenever they need it, and this is even more important if the problems they experience are related to mental health.