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Time to Change: challenging the stigma surrounding mental health

NAHT has been asked by an organisation called ‘Time to Change’ to inform members about a campaign taking place this November.

Most people seriously underestimate how frequently mental health problems affect children and young people. Even those who are aware are often unsure of how to tackle the issues. Many teenagers simply do not know what to do or where to go when they find out a friend or family member is having a hard time.

Yet there are lots of really simple things that can be done but which make a big difference. Part of that is seeing mental health as an ordinary part of life; something we all have, just like physical health.

Time to Change, the initiative to end mental health stigma, is launching its Make Time in November campaign to encourage everyone to accept mental health issues as a simple fact of life.

The organisation hopes that as many secondary schools as possible will help build awareness and understanding of mental health among their students. As part of the campaign, Time to Change has created some inspiring free resources for schools to use in assembly, tutor groups or form time.

The materials are designed to give schools a simple, ready-made structure for addressing this urgent pastoral priority. NAHT members can also use their participation in the Make Time in November campaign as evidence that their school is implementing the new SEN universal offer which has become a requirement this term.

No payment or fundraising is involved and Time to Change will supply the resources. To register your interest and to become a recognised Time to Change partner, please see www.time-to-change.org.uk/november.

Page Published: 16/10/2014