The Wellbeing Award for Schools

Schools are taking the initiative in nurturing wellbeing and supporting better mental health via the Wellbeing Award for Schools. Philippa Stobbs explains

Do members of a school community, sometimes quietly and uncomplainingly, often feel they are only just surviving? Are the stresses of life at times too much for some pupils and staff?

This is certainly the picture painted by our own research (Patalay & Fitzsimons, 2017). When we spoke to school leaders they expressed concerns about a rising tide of mental health issues among young people and a serious gap in specialist care beyond the school gates.

Many school leaders reported increases in the number of students suffering from mental health and wellbeing issues:

But when they needed to refer a pupil for help, all too often they had challenges in obtaining mental health care from local services in their area.

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