Early in 2017, the government announced a comprehensive package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities. The then PM wanted to employ the power of government as a force for good, to transform the way that mental health problems are dealt with, right across society. Furthermore, the vision was a comprehensive package of reforms to improve mental health support at every stage of a person’s life – with an emphasis on early intervention for children and young people. Student Life attended a conference on the government’s green paper entitled ‘transforming children and young people’s mental health’ and we fully intend to continue to collaborate with the government. We also aim to continue to normalise speaking up about mental health and reducing stigma and media stereotypes.
Student Life has placed 4 young people through Mental Health First Aid England (MHFAE) training to become qualified to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to students throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent & Essex on a unique peer-to-peer basis. Instructors will work in 40+ schools per county, providing training to volunteer Mental Health Ambassadors (MHA) in each school.Become a Mental Health Ambassador