Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people across the UK every year. At The White Horse Federation, we understand the importance of talking openly and honestly about mental health. On World Mental Health Day 2018, we’re reflecting on the ways we work toward supporting our pupils and staff.
Julian Morgan, Director of Secondary Education, said: “On World Mental Health Day, we are taking time to reflect on the importance of good mental health, not just in the learning environment but also within the workplace. The White Horse Federation is committed to ensuring all pupils, parents, and staff have access to the resources they need to take good care of their mental health, and know how to seek support when it is needed.
The White Horse Federation’s effective practises were highlighted in the Department for Education’s Mental Health & Behaviour Guidance for Schools in 2014. We’ve continued building on this work, delivering programmes in support of families with mental health issues and working with parents and schools to support vulnerable families, deliver therapeutic provision, and tailor learning in support of children with challenging behaviours.”
A number of values govern the attitudes and actions of the Federation, its staff, and its pupils. Many of those key values are centred around providing support and being there for each other. Some of the promises made in our ‘Little Green Book’ include:
- Supporting others in good times and bad.
- Never being afraid to ask for help and support.
- Being compassionate colleagues.
- Always offering help and support to others.
- Being open about the problems we encounter.
- Taking the time to help others.
- Being non-judgemental in our dealings with others.
The White Horse Federation strives to create an environment and atmosphere that encourages positive mental health. However, we also have provisions in place to help, assist, and support any member of staff or pupil who experiences a mental health problem.
This includes an employee assistance programme provided by Care First. All employees have access to this crucial resource, which offers confidential information and counselling services via phone or internet. Staff have the opportunity to discuss factors in their life that may be contributing to stress or poor mental health, including family and personal issues, debt, and workplace-related problems.
To finish this blog, we would like to reiterate that we are here to offer support and reassurance to any member of the Federation, be it a teacher or student, who is struggling with a mental health problem. You are not alone.