A new £200,000 government-funded programme has been launched today (27 June) as part of the government's commitment to improve support for children and young people, and maintains the pledge in the Queen's Speech to improve mental health services and protect
those living with mental health problems from unfair treatment and discrimination.
Delivered by the charity Mental Health First Aid, the training programme aims to help teachers in every secondary school in England to identify and respond to early signs of mental health issues in children.
Teachers and other school staff will receive practical advice on how to recognise issues including depression and anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders. They will also be invited to become 'first aid champions', sharing their knowledge and experiences
across schools and communities to raise awareness and break down stigma and discrimination.
Early interventions in a child's mental health is vital, with reports showing that one in 10 school-aged children will have a mental health condition at any time, and half of all mental health conditions beginning before the age of 14.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "We know that identifying symptoms of mental illness early can help young people on the road to recovery. This training will mean more children receive the timely and sensitive support they need to stay well."
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