Mental Health is becoming such huge issue within the educational system with self harm and suicide attempts becoming more and more common.
Here are some shocking statistics:
- The number of children (5-16) with mental health problems doubled from 1980s to mid-2000s
- 116% rise in young people talking about suicide during Childline sessions
- 210% increase in students dropping out of their courses due to mental health issues between 2010 and 2015
- A fifth of students at Cambridge are depressed
- At one of the girls’ colleges, 28% of students have eating disorders and there are 50-60 suicide attempts a year
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) are completely unable, due to underfunding, to handle their current workload, let alone the increases outlined above. Teachers and university staff are not trained in mental health.
Most of these students would benefit simply from understanding what stress, anxiety and depression actually are, how they are creating them and what to do about it.
Mark Newey runs a 4-module workshop programme for schools and universities that teaches precisely this and which empowers them to change their thinking and their behaviour and to be comfortable with who they are, allowing them to stop worrying about what everybody thinks.
General outcomes are:
- dealing with stress, anxiety and depression
- better sleep patterns and more energy
- increased focus and cognitive ability
- less exam nerves
- more meaningful relationships
Specific outcomes have been:
- to admit to self harm and talk about it
- to “come out” as being gay and talk about it
- to decide not to go to university and follow an independent, more entrepreneurial future based on doing what they love
- transformation in exam results
Mark also gives 20-30 minute assembly presentations and 1 hour PSHE classes as an introduction to what Mental Health is really about.