New Action Group launched to 'boost' mental health education

New Action Group launched to 'boost' mental health education

The Department for Education (DfE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have announced that a group of health and education experts have met to discuss the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and education staff across England. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, Ministers from across government and Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr Alex George, discussed the best course of action to respond to mental health issues of the greatest concern, including the increase in eating disorders and self-harm among young people, and how to support education staff manage their mental wellbeing. It was agreed by the group to take action across a range of areas, including increasing the support available to help children and young people moving between schools and year groups, and exploring at how schools and colleges can target funding and recovery support to make sure that support reaches pupils who require support.

Williamson states that 'the important work of this Mental Health Action Group will build on the significant investment we have already put into mental health in education, through training for teachers, our new health education curriculum and expert teams in schools and colleges. Today’s meeting highlights the cross-government approach we are taking to make sure we continue to support staff and students.'

Source: New Action Group to boost mental health education

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