Can your secondary school afford NOT to have a Head of Wellbeing?
Outcome of new study proposes the introduction of dedicated and co-ordinated support in schools
A recent study from thinktank 2020health and the charity Nuffield Health this January highlighted that not only does three out of four young people living with mental illnesses go undiagnosed; but that a similar number of teachers, 73%, feel that their job has a negative impact on their health.
These figures drew attention to the gaps which exist in unmet need regarding the welfare and the mental health of students and teachers; areas which include low levels of exercise, high levels of obesity and poor emotional wellbeing.
Following the outcomes of the report, Nuffield Health and 2020Health have come together to call for a new Health of Wellbeing role in secondary schools, designed to target poor physical health and mental health and wellbeing at a local level. Together they will be running a pilot to look at benefits this role could have.
Along with the new Head role, they are also proposing a new child MOT health check, a 12-point MOT check for teachers and the development of a wellbeing strategy. A competition to find a school to run the pilot will run shortly, and more information can be found on the 2020health site.
Following this study we would like to hear about the types of support you like to see in schools for health and wellbeing. Tweet us @psychcorpuk using #wellbeingmatters to share your ideas.
Date posted: 21/01/2015