YMCA to help schools navigate mental health with new teacher training programme

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched a new offer for schools that will help develop their health and well-being programme and recognise when their children and young people might need extra support.

YMCA already supports schools across Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Suffolk through direct work such as therapy or counselling, as well as resilience programmes including group work, family work and mentoring.

The ‘Train the Trainer’ prospectus offers schools the opportunity to train their own teachers to be able to deliver some of the early intervention programmes, as well as providing those teachers with the resources to train others within the school to identify and develop support for specific mental health issues and signpost those needing clinical intervention. Ayearly license fee-style scheme will see YMCA keep the school updated with new resources, research and advice, whilst organising peer support and refresher training.

The launch of the service comes as schools look to tackle the growing issue of mental health in young people, whilst navigating ever decreasing budgets. This week the first official estimate of the nation’s vulnerable minors was revealed by the Children’s Commissioner for England, which showed in the region of 800,000 children in the UK suffering from mental health problems.ymca cambridge

Jonathan Martin, CEO of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, spoke about the new service: “We have delivered mental health services locally for 25 years and we now want to use that experience to empower schoolst  promote positive mental health, and provide them with tried and tested programmes they can use to support those that need extra help. 

“Whilst we will continue to deliver clinical services directly, schools that utilise our new service will, through training, have long-term, sustainable support for health and well-being provision in their school, with easy access to our knowledge and resources.

“Importantly for schools in this climate, they will also save a huge amount on the cost of the usual direct delivery of these services – potentially up to 75%; which represents a cost effective solution to reducing budgets.We will even support them to fundraise and increase awareness through our new Purple Day package.”

Schools interested in the new service or any of our existing programmes, can contact Ryan Armes at YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough on ryan.armes@theymca.org.uk or 01733 373187.

Find out more about YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough on its website - www.theymca.org.uk

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