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Mental health resource for teachers launched

It’s hoped a new online resource will help teachers in the Forth Valley recognise mental health problems in pupils.

The Scottish Association for Mental Health have launched ‘We All Have Mental Health’, which will be free to access.

The charity say the programme will also emphasise the importance of teachers’ own health and self-care.

Barry Speedie, deputy head teacher at Armadale Academy, said: “All of the teachers at our school will be completing this excellent new training, which will help to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need. We’re delighted to have piloted this training and will keep working with SAMH in future to ensure our pupils get the best support possible ”

Pam Steel, education development officer at SAMH, said: “Everyone with a role in a young person’s life should be confident that they can help – parents, teachers, sports coaches, youth workers. When it comes to mental health, the golden rule for teachers is ‘recognise, respond, and refer’. Through our new online tool, teachers now have access to a resource which can help them recognise, respond to and, if necessary, refer pupils who are experiencing mental health problems. Thanks to our pilot with Armadale Academy, we know that teachers value the training and advice, so we’re hopeful that this can become a central resource for all teachers across Scotland.”