It's no secret that the mental health and wellbeing of children and educators all around the world is suffering. Mental health issues are on the rise and research now confirms 1 in 4 adults suffer from mental ill-health every year. Sadly, children are suffering from poor mental health at younger ages and at least one in eight children aged 5 to 19 now has a diagnosable mental health condition.
This manifests itself in emotional disorders such as anxiety, low self-esteem/self-belief, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and low resilience to challenge or failure, increased stress, control through perfectionism, anger, and even self-harm. Some of these you have probably seen in your own schools and they are not limited to teenagers. These disorders are known to have affected children as young as 5 years old.
The challenges brought by Coronavirus mean more than ever, schools need to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of staff, pupils and the wider school community. Having worked as a teacher and leader for the past 15 years, I am passionate about education and believe that Positive Education is the answer that schools are looking for.
Positive Education is an increasingly popular whole-school model that combines traditional educational principles with research-based psychological approaches to promote positive mental health among students and teachers, increase happiness, wellbeing and engagement and reduce the incidence of depression. As a qualified positive psychologist and teacher, I can support you to blend effective positive psychology strategies with your school values to create positive change in your school.
We offer a range of workshops and services designed to help you create a flourishing school that reaps the benefits of prioritising wellbeing. We also provide Mental Health and Wellbeing training for adults, young people and even parents. Click here to view our brochure of services or contact us to find out more.