Currently 1 in 10 children suﬀer from mental health issues. Nationally around 34% of teachers struggle to deal with the mental health challenges their students present with.
We know that CAMHS is over-subscribed and waiting lists long. All this means that schools are now expected to be the first port of call for such issues. However, teachers have very little training, or time, to handle mental health issues and the curriculum does not currently address developing good mental health in any structured and meaningful way.
In response, we have designed an 8 week programme to work with groups of young people from school Years 5 to 13 with the aim of building their emotional resilience, self-awareness and resourcefulness.
The team behind ‘Colourful Classrooms’ consists of Kate and Kath. Kate’s passion for this work evolved from when she discovered that her eldest daughter had dyslexia, dyspraxia and processing issues – there were very few resources to support her daughter at school.
Kath has been a Samaritan for ten years, trains volunteers and has supported the development of materials on resilience for her local Samaritans group. Both Kath and Kate are also highly experienced coaches in their field and well-trained in a variety of different techniques which lend themselves beautifully to helping children build emotional resilience.
If you’re interested in learning more about Colourful Classrooms, let’s talk.