SHARE wants to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in Somerset. We want to change our culture by breaking down the stigma of mental health issues, and by helping our young people become more resilient so they are better equipped to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour. SHARE will do this by involving everyone in schools – teaching professionals, young people and parents, volunteers and support staff – and provide them the tools and resources to help recognise, manage and sustain good mental health and emotional well-being.
Over the next three years our aim is to promote good mental health and increase knowledge of tools to support those with needs, upskill staff to identify early signs of emerging mental health conditions and how to sign post to other services appropriately and to provide young people and their families seamless access to high quality evidence based interventions for the most vulnerable young people in our community. We intend to build and maintain close links with each school and to work together to establish a change in culture to provide an environment whereby individuals feel better equipped to understand and manage their emotions, feelings and behaviour. The fundamental principles of our work will be embedded into each school individually and in doing so we aim to identify key areas to be addressed as these will vary from school to school. Over the three years we will deliver a bespoke training package, Mindful Emotion Coaching, to Head Teachers, Teachers and other key members of staff. We will support schools to develop Peer Education Champions and support schools to develop parent drop-ins.
We will provide access to Mental Health Project Workers for schools and to developing resources in schools to educate people about mental health. It is our desire that individuals in schools will grow in confidence in being able to regulate and manage their own mental health.