The national focus on children and young people’s mental health in recent years has been long overdue and welcome. The new funds government have invested in this area have generated a wealth of activity and momentum to transform our children and young people’s mental health services. But no matter how much our ‘treatment’ services improve, there is always more that we can do to make lives better.
At Rackham, we believe it is vital that our curriculum includes lessons on how to understand and look after mental health – just like we learn how to look after our physical health. By shifting the focus to preventing mental health problems and building resilience we can do so much to improve the lives of so many. Good wellbeing on leaving school has a much greater impact on life outcomes than exam success.