Schools launch “5 a day” programme to help promote pupils’ mental health

Six secondary schools from across Wiltshire are launching an innovative programme to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing.

 “Thrive” is a programme to support the emotional wellbeing and early intervention in young people’s emerging mental health problems.

 The five year programme, funded through national money for transforming children and young people’s mental health and supported by Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, is being piloted at The John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge, The John Bentley School, Calne, Abbeyfield School Chippenham, The Stonehenge School, Amesbury, Matravers School, Westbury and Sarum Academy, Salisbury.

One key strand of the programme is promoting taking care of your mental health with five simple steps the “Thrive 5”: eating well, getting enough sleep, physical exercise, being kind to themselves and talking to friends and family for good mental wellbeing.

Other key strands of the programme are :

  • Support from The Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS), including helping teachers spot early signs of mental health concerns
  • A peer mentoring programme
  • Online confidential counselling service available seven days a week
  • Parenting courses
  • Engagement in the Wiltshire Healthy Schools Programme.

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