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Mental Health Vision Information

RSHS Mental Health Vision

Mental health is high on everyone’s agenda these days. Mental health is as important as physical health. The government have produced a green paper that sets out some expectations for school, and other organisations, that it wants to achieve by 2025. We are ahead of the game as we believe this is paramount now.

Here at RSHS we want to increase understanding and attitudes to mental health and create parity between mental health and physical health by removing the stigma and    discrimination traditionally associated with mental health. We want to embed positive, long-term cultural and behavioural change.

Mental Health Vision Poster-01.jpg"Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual achieves their potential, copes with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act." - World Health Organisation

Mental ill health affects different people in different ways, including the length of time they experience it for. In general, we categorise mental ill health as temporary, fluctuating or    ongoing.

Temporary – the person experiences the condition for a short time and recovers after treatment.

Fluctuating – sometimes the person experiences the condition, and sometimes they don't.

Ongoing – the person experiences the mental health condition all the time, but controls it through one or a combination of the following: - Medication - Talking therapies - Self-help - Practical support.

Launching the Vision

In September 2019 Mrs Parker (Deputy Head Inclusion) launched RSHS Mental Health strategy. The aims of the strategy are:

  • To create a sense of wellbeing that permeates the behaviour of adults and young people at every level.
  • To raise awareness, understanding and support of Mental Health across all stakeholders.
  • The education of young people and their families – what is positive mental health and mental ill health.
  •  Identifying those who are at risk and those who are developing problems.
  • Providing various tiers of direct support within school for students and families, also signposting to apps, evidence based websites and online resources.
  • Supporting young people, staff and families to access specialist services when they need them.
  • Providing a culture and ethos that supports emotional and mental health of the school community.

We are working closely with a number of organisations to help support the mental health of students, staff and members of our community.

  1. Healthy Young Minds Tameside and Glossop (formerly CAMHS) we offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
  2. Healthy Minds service in Ashton is for people over the age of 16 years, who are registered with a GP in the Tameside and Glossop areas.
  3. MIND - provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
  4. Mind Matters in Tameside and Glossop has been set-up for people who want to improve their wellbeing. It can help people with low level concerns about their mental wellbeing that are related to everyday life events. Service users can be referred via their GP, or they can self-refer by calling 0161 343 5748 or by attending one of our many drop-in group sessions.
  5. Families in Mind is a new mental health and wellbeing service for families in Tameside. The service offers low level support for families that may be struggling with communication, conflicts and resilience. Families can access the service from our wellbeing hub in Ashton and are able to self-refer by calling 0161 330 9223.
  6. The Health and Wellbeing College offers courses which are fully co-produced and co-delivered by experts by profession and experts by experience (people who have personal experience of a particular health challenge).

Embedding the Vision

Students will learn about and discuss mental health during Form time, in assemblies and as part of their PSHE programme. We have a weekly quote that will be displayed in form rooms and on the student bulletin daily. The same quote will also be sent to parents.

Our student council have also nominated MIND to be our school charity this year, so keep a look out for events and fundraisers.

We now have our own Parents Mental Health support group which is led by 2 of our parents and Mrs Parker (Deputy Head). Look out for the dates to be confirmed. This is for parents to understand mental health issues and gain support and advice if they have concerns about their child. If you would like to get involved please contact the group at MHFA@rshs.aspireplus.org.uk.

In the summer of 2019 twenty two members of staff, one governor and three parents trained to be Mental Health First Aiders. They were joined from staff from a variety of primary schools, Cromwell, Tameside college and our local community police officer. This highlights the fantastic commitment we have at RSHS from all our stakeholders with regards to Mental Health.

If you would like to support our strategy or would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Parker p.parker@rshs.aspireplus.org.uk.