The Education Alliance Invests £600k Into Mental Health ‘Be Well’ Programme

Partnership with NHS and Hull & East Yorkshire Mind will support the mental health and wellbeing of staff, students and parents.

The Education Alliance Multi-Academy Trust, which comprises several academies across the East Riding of Yorkshire, is launching its new ‘Be Well’ programme today, a new initiative that will support thousands of students and staff in the region with their mental health and wellbeing.

The Education Alliance Trust will invest £600,000 over the next four years to deliver an integrated programme of information, training and support developed in partnership with the Humber Teaching Foundation Trust and Hull & East Yorkshire Mind.

This comprehensive emotional and mental health programme will impact positively on students, families, staff and the wider community within the Trust’s schools.

Jonny Uttley, CEO of The Education Alliance Trust said: “As a Trust, we’re absolutely committed to improving the ways we think, talk and act about mental health. The Be Well programme has been created in collaboration with experts to ensure staff and pupils are always able to understand their own mental health, deal with challenges and get the right support if they need it.

“We’re delighted to form this partnership with Humber NHS and Mind, allowing us to draw on their expertise and provide the highest levels of information and support when it comes to any issues surrounding mental health. We’re confident our Be Well programme will have a really positive impact on the lives of our young people, their families and our staff.”

The funding for the programme sits outside the Trust’s normal school funding routes. The Trust has established a partnership with Hull-based company Pagabo, which allows them to host procurement frameworks for public sector organisations. These frameworks have generated income which has been ring-fenced by the trust board to be used for the benefit of students.

The Be Well programme is based around the THRIVE Framework, an integrated, person-centred and needs-led approach to delivering emotional resilience and mental health interventions and support for children, young people and their families.

It will deliver the following outcomes:

  • Training sessions for staff and information sessions for parents
  • Peer support training for students
  • Online information to give parents and students reliable information and sources of support for mental health
  • One trained youth mental health first aider for every 50 students in each trust school
  • A planned series of sessions for students to help them cope more easily with the challenges of everyday life, manage stress and build supportive relationships with their peers
  • Support 5 days per week in each secondary school from Humber NHS Foundation Trust professionals
  • Access to a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner working across trust schools for consultation and support
  • Direct access into CAMHS via our early intervention process when a need is assessed as requiring a specialist intervention
  • Free access to the SPILL App for all staff, providing access to message-based therapy with a registered counsellor.

The health and wellbeing of teachers continues to be a topic that is debated nationally.

The recently-released report, The Teacher Wellbeing Index 2019 found 34% of all education professionals have experienced a mental health issue in the past academic year; 43% of education professionals believed their institutions did not properly support employees who experienced mental health and wellbeing problems; and 69% of education professionals considered they did not have enough guidance about mental health and wellbeing at work.

The Education Alliance Trust is committed to ensuring the very best and trusted information on mental health is easily accessible to staff, students and parents to help all develop a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

For more information on the Education Alliance Trust, please visit: www.theeducationalliance.org.uk

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