New mental health training course for Hertfordshire Schools

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:19 17 February 2016

New mental health training in Hertfordshire schools

New mental health training in Hertfordshire schools

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A new programme is delivering mental health training to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools.

A new programme is delivering mental health training to Hertfordshire Secondary Schools.

The Emotional Wellbeing unit, which explores mental health in young people, is part of the Youth Health Champions training led by Hertfordshire County Council’s Youth Connexions.

Although Hertfordshire’s children enjoy higher than UK average levels of wellbeing and attainment at least one child in 10 has a diagnosable mental health problem. This is roughly three children in every class.

The most common mental health issues affecting children include conduct disorders, anxiety, depression and hyperkinetic disorder (severe ADHD).

National figures indicate that 75 per cent of mental illness in adult life begins before the age of 18, and failure to address mental health issues in young people can lead to a lifetime of mental and physical ill health.

The Emotional Wellbeing unit, commissioned by the Royal Society of Public Health and devised by Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, examines theory relating to building resilience in young people.

This is done through developing an understanding of stress and how to deal with it, the roles of sleep and gratitude in mental wellbeing in addition to promoting self-confidence and self-awareness.

Colette Wyatt-Lowe, Chairman of Hertfordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board and spokesperson for the Hertfordshire Year of Mental Health, said: “The effect of mental health conditions on young people can’t be underestimated and the earlier we can identify the problem, the better. We are working closely with schools to promote positive messages and practice around mental health to help young people both inside and outside the classroom.”

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