University study is never easy and study in a School of Education can be especially challenging. And so, to ensure all of our students receive the very best support during their time with us, I’m delighted to formally introduce our new Pastoral Team. Highly trained in everything from managing anxiety to finance, from wellbeing to bereavement, our team acts as a first line of support, bringing a broad range of expertise and lived experience to ensure that students experiencing difficulties not only complete their studies, they excel.
We need your help to create our map of mindfulness. Mental Health Awareness Week is 18th – 24th of May and we at the Carnegie School of Education could not think of a better time for us all to think about our mental health and take small steps to support our mental health.
The last few months have been difficult for everyone. We are living in unprecedented times. Our lives have been restricted in ways which we could never have imagined. Many people are missing social contact and some are experiencing loneliness and isolation. Many of us are worried about the health of our friends, family and work colleagues.
As abnormal becomes our new normal, many people have missed memorable experiences that will never be recovered. Whilst the severity of the impact of the coronavirus will differ from person to person, it is important to ask: how do we respond to adults and children alike in this situation?
Two years have passed since the publication of the government’s Green Paper, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision. A key element of the vision that was set out in this document was to introduce mental health support teams into schools to provide low-level clinical interventions to young people with mental ill health.
Carnegie School of Education are launching their unique pastoral service to students this week. The team of eight dedicated pastoral staff are available for students to talk to each day via face-to face meetings, on the telephone or email chat.
It is nearly two years on from the publication of the Green Paper in 2017. With its bold title, Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision, the paper set out the government’s strategy to correct the ‘historic injustice’ (p.2) of discrimination, poor treatment and stigma associated with mental health.
Damien Hinds states that while exams are “inherently stressful”, they also help build character and develop “resilience and coping mechanisms”.
The rise of social media has led to an increase in the number of digitally manipulated images and researchers across the globe are giving increased attention to the effect of digital editing on young people’s self-esteem.
Schools can play a significant role in reducing mental ill health in children and young people but this is a sticking plaster which masks the underlying causes of poor mental health.