The prestigious Educate Awards is returning for 2019 with a new category around mental health and wellbeing.
The Mental Health & Wellbeing Award will be open to both primary and secondary schools across the region and recognise schools that are effectively tackling mental health issues among pupils and staff.
The award will focus on the long-term culture of a school and those with an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
Entries must show provision and interventions available for pupils and staff, a commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life and can include views from parents, pupils and teachers.
According to recent figures, mental health problems affect 1 in 8 children and young people (NHS Digital). This new award hopes to shine a spotlight on the support schools have in place to promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing.
The government has pledged to roll out mental health lessons to all schools from September 2020 as part of a redesigned national curriculum.
Kim O’Brien, founder of the awards, says: “As children and young people continue to face many pressures, raising awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing is so important.
“Schools play a vital role in this support and we are looking for strong examples of how schools are creating an environment where children can thrive with good mental health. The mental health of teachers and staff is just as important and entries can reflect various school initiatives which tackle mental health issues among pupils and staff.”
Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly and now recognises schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 23 June 2019. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 15 November at Liverpool Cathedral.
For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit educateawards.co.uk/nominate
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