Council makes mental health a priority for Argyll and Bute pupils

Argyll and Bute Council

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Argyll and Bute Council is making sure young people feel supported at school after lockdown.

The council’s educational psychologists have been delivering a nurture training programme across schools with 20 primary and secondary schools signing up to it.

The scheme has been such a success it is is being rolled out to other groups.

A school counselling service set up earlier this year is also proving beneficial, funded through the Scottish Government’s 10 year Mental Health Strategy, with a team leader and 7.5 full-time experienced counsellors appointed –  one of which is being paid for through The Argyll and Bute Alcohol and Drug Partnership making sure there is a dedicated resource for primary school children aged 10 years and over.

A lot of work is also being done by the council’s Principal Educational Psychologist and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: ‘Poor mental health doesn’t discriminate, it can affect anyone at any age. The last 12 months have really taken their toll, particularly on our young people, so it’s more important than ever we have the resources in place to support pupils who need it.

‘With children spending approximately 30 hours per week at school, it’s the perfect environment to promote positive mental health and identify any behavioural or emotional issues at an early stage.

‘It’s also the perfect place to end the stigma that’s often associated with poor mental health, so that young people feel they can speak out and get the help they need.

‘I am incredibly proud of the work we are doing in our schools around this and the importance we place on our young people’s wellbeing.’