There is a crisis in mental health in our schools.
90% of schools leaders say that they are seeing an increase in the number of children and young people experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood or depression, with three children in every classroom having a diagnosable mental disorder.
The emotional wellbeing of a child or young person has a significant impact on their mental health, but also on their academic achievement and levels of progress: an anxious or angry mind will not learn.
Also, stress and anxiety amongst teachers is on the increase, with poor wellbeing being a key factor in the profession losing thousands of dedicated and skilled professionals each year.
Sadly, we are already seeing an increase in anxiety and stress amongst children caused by the closure of schools because of COVID-19.
But we can make a difference.
The AfA Achieving Wellbeing programme (AW) was developed in partnership with Emotion Coaching UK to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children.
Achieving Wellbeing is planned and carried out in partnership with schools by trained coaches who deliver support and training to all staff, including support for the wellbeing of staff. This is especially important today as schools find themselves working in wholly new ways to support children of key workers in schools and children at home.
Many schools are telling us that they are keen to work with us and with the Achieving Wellbeing programme but in these time of severe challenge they simply cannot afford to do so.
We are working to extend Achieving Wellbeing to offer whole-school online and virtual support with a focus on stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 and to develop online resources to support children and young people that are isolated at home.
But we can only do with this with your support.
Can you support us to raise £15,000 to address this fundamental, urgent and pressing need?