Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Department for Education to develop a new programme for teachers to support children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they return to school and college from September 2020.
Suicide and self-harm prevention
This free programme offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.
It is designed to support learners with knowledge-oriented sessions to help identify the dos and don’ts in these difficult situations - such as remaining calm and compassionate when reacting to self-harm or suicide attempts - and skills building sessions which equip them with the skills to act.
All sessions can be used in both workshop and individual learner settings. The case scenario skills building sessions have specific workshop and blended learning support materials including PDFs.
There are two existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available here.
Wellbeing for education return
Wellbeing For Education Return – part of e-LfH’s MindEd programme – launched today (8 September 2020) following an investment of £8.2millon from the Government to provide schools and colleges across England with the knowledge and resources they need to support children and young people, who have experienced trauma and loss as a result of the pandemic.
It has been created with input from health partners, mental health experts, local authorities, schools and colleges. The programme will be offered to every school and college in England to help support pupil and student wellbeing, resilience and recovery in the context of COVID-19 and to prevent longer-term mental health problems developing, as well as helping to manage and support those who have pre-existing difficulties that may have been exacerbated by coronavirus.
The programme, which will be delivered to schools and colleges via Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, is aimed at education professionals working with children and young people aged 5-19 in education settings. This may include pastoral leads, senior mental health leads, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, school nurses, counsellors, educational psychologists, voluntary sector providers and mental health support team clinicians/practitioners.