City of London School teachers are fast becoming proficient in Mental Health First Aid

City of London School teachers are fast becoming proficient in Mental Health First Aid. Mental health amongst the young is an increasing concern. After attending a Technology Inset Conference and learning about MHFA, Assistant Head, Andrew McBroom, has pioneered Youth Mental Health First Aid training at the School. Since starting the programme in April 2015, 90 staff members have been trained in how to deal with difficult and sensitive conversations with their pupils.

MHFA England aims to educate members of the public on how to spot signs of mental health issues as well as raising awareness around the subject. This training is particularly important for teachers because children spend substantial time in their care. Teachers who know the signs are approachable, and knowing how to deal with mental health issues can make a huge difference to the outcome.

Andrew McBroom states that “adopting a whole-School approach to mental health and rolling out the MHFA training to all our staff has created a culture where we can openly talk about the issues facing children and potentially ourselves. This leads to a mutually supportive environment where the issue of mental health is discussed, problems can be addressed and not ignored, with the risk of getting worse.”

Andrew McBroom has been recognised for his commitment to this issue with an award presented at the House of Lords. Andrew has promoted this amongst the City of London family of Academies and Schools and CLS intends to keep its teachers up to date with refresher courses and training for new staff.

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Our staff have created a culture where we can openly talk about the issues facing children and potentially ourselves.