Delivered by the charity Mental Health First Aid, the new training programme aims to help teachers in every secondary school in England to identify and respond to early signs of mental health issues in children.
Teachers and other school staff will receive practical advice on how to recognise issues including depression and anxiety, self-harm, and eating disorders. They will also be invited to become 'first aid champions', sharing their knowledge and experiences across schools and communities to raise awareness and break down stigma and discrimination.
Early interventions in a child's mental health is vital, with reports showing that one in 10 school-aged children will have a mental health condition at any time, and half of all mental health conditions beginning before the age of 14. Find out more