The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.
"The biggest impact of the award was having the recognition and validation of all the work we have done for many years around mental health"
"It has raised the profile of Mental Health and Wellbeing for the whole school community providing a platform for discussion and debate whilst promoting the creation of effective policies and procedures"
"Bringing together the whole community to learn about mental health - it felt like we were working together as a team"
"Having the detailed and focused structure of the award helped formulate and drive our whole school improvement priorities which impacted on provision for all"
"It placed mental health on every agenda. It enabled further training to be delivered to pupils and staff."
"It highlighted how we can improve our mental health provision and provide training for parents and other professionals"
"It has raised staff, pupil and governance awareness of mental health and how this can impact on each person. It has eliminated stigma associated with mental health."
"Working towards mental health award was helpful to bring the conversations between staff and students out into the open. Time to reflect on our offer, how we communicated that to staff / students / parents and partners was also helpful."
"It made us value emotional well being and caring for one another more than just academic success"