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Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health

With the success of our Healthy Heroes programme over the last two terms, it has become clear that one of the areas of our programme which schools are most keen for us to cover with their pupils is that of mental wellbeing.  In accordance with this, I felt that it was important that our programme was current in its research and was able to reach a deeper level of understanding amongst the students we deliver to, rather than simply scratching the surface.  Therefore, I have recently enrolled on to a college course to study a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

The course will help me gain a more in-depth understanding about the context of children and young people’s mental health.  It outlines factors that can affect mental health at different stages of development and the impact that mental health concerns can have on children, young people and those around them.  I will learn more about the behaviours that may indicate concerns and conditions and the support that is available for children and young people’s mental health including different services and available treatments.

Research published by Sport England in December 2018 states that there is a positive association between physical activity and mental well-being.   Of the children questioned, those children who deemed themselves to be ‘happy’ were the ones who were most physically active.  Through our Healthy Heroes programme, we aim to consolidate all classroom based activities with a fun and active practical lesson which we hope will inspire the children we work with to get active and positively improve both their physical and mental health.

I am really looking forward to getting started on the course, it is going to be challenging but it is something that I know will help to not only benefit the content of our Healthy Heroes programme, but also the pupils at the schools where it is delivered.     I am very much looking forward to working with all the new schools who have booked in to receive healthy Heroes next term, it is certainly going to be a very busy, active and positive term.


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