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Providing mental health support for 1 in 10 schools in Greater Manchester

31/07/2019

Last week it was announced that the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme is to double in size. Dr Patrick Johnston, Director of Learning and Practice at Place2Be, writes about the programme’s impact and Place2Be's involvement.

In March 2018, Place2Be teamed up with Alliance for Learning, Youth Sports Trust, 42nd Street and local children and adults mental health services in Greater Manchester to deliver the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme.

This ground-breaking, first of its kind programme is part of a £134m action plan to help to transform mental health in Greater Manchester for children and adults. Its expansion will see a total of 125 schools and colleges receiving mental health support – that’s 1 in 10 schools in Greater Manchester.

As pioneers in delivering schools-based mental health support and training, Place2Be has been supporting senior school leaders in the region thorough our Mental Health Champions School Leader programme. So far, we’ve equipped 150 leaders from 79 schools with the knowledge and confidence to create 'mentally healthy' schools. By the end of the programme, in July 2020, we will have trained  over 270 leaders from 140 schools and colleges.

We’ve also placed Place2Be trained mental health practitioners in 27 primary schools. Based in the schools for one day a week, these practitioners are delivering tailored, one to one interventions for both children and their parents. By July 2020, we’ll have mental health practitioners embedded in 58 primary schools. Supporting up to 5 children a day, the provision of these experts could support up to 290 children a week.

At the heart of this programme of work is collaboration; health and social care and third sector organisations working together with a common purpose. The ambition of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership aligns with Place2Be’s ethos and value of early intervention in that ‘every child and young person should start well’. Our evidence and that of the wider community demonstrates, time and time again, that intervening early with a child’s mental health has a positive impact on the life of the child, their families and wider society.

Looking to the future, we hope much learning will be generated from this programme, both from an impact at the school population level and from a national picture. The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership are forward thinking, with a vision that no child who needs mental health support should be turned away, a vision which resonates with our 25 years' of in school practice.

Find out more about the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools and Colleges programme >>

Learn more about our Mental Health Champions – School Leader training >>

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