At Manor Croft, we care about our young people’s Emotional Wellbeing. We want them to feel safe, happy and confident in school so they can thrive and have the best chances. We take Emotional, Mental and Physical Health extremely seriously. To enable us to do this to the best of our ability we have trained staff in school that can offer support when needed. As well as our team of Designated Safeguarding staff and First Aiders we also have a Mental Health First Aider.
The Role of Mental Health First Aiders
A Mental Health First Aider is not a therapists or counsellor. Instead, their role is to act as a point of contact and reassurance for a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. They are trained to support as follows:-
- Understand the important factors affecting mental ill health
- Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
- Use ALGEE (Ask, Listen, Give reassurance, Enable & Encourage) to provide Mental Health First Aid to someone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis
- Listen non-judgementally and hold supportive conversations using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
- Signpost people to professional help, recognising that your role as a Mental Health First Aider does not replace the need for ongoing support
Our Mental Health First Aider Is Tracy Selves – Learning Manager Year 7.
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