St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) and the National Parent’s Council Primary (NPC) are hosting the launch of a campaign calling for additional mental health supports in schools.
This joint campaign is seeking the development and roll-out of a primary schools-based mental health support service. This is aligned with a commitment outlined in Sharing the Vision, the Irish Government’s mental health policy, under which all schools and centres of education in Ireland will have initiated a Wellbeing Promotion Process by 2023.
Significant numbers of primary school-aged children are going through mental health difficulties that require support. Through putting a schools-based mental health support service in place, there is an opportunity to strengthen the mental wellbeing of thousands of children, while also supporting their parents and teachers. A schools-based support service is currently being delivered in Limerick, based on a model developed in the United Kingdom (UK) over the last three years, and has indicated positive outcomes.
Taking place on Tuesday, 1 February 2022 from 11am to 12pm, this campaign launch event will hear how the mental health service in a Limerick primary school is performing and explore how a similar model was rolled out in the UK.
Speakers for this event will include:
- Paul Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) here at SPMHS
- Áine Lynch, CEO of the NPC
- Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children
- Tiernan O’Neill, Principal of Corpus Christi Primary School
- Lesley Jane Wakefield, Programme Manager of the Children and Young People Mental Health Team in the National Health Service (NHS) England
- Sarah Stockham of the Mental Health Support Team in Schools for Weymouth, Portland and West Dorset
- Stuart Lynch, Head of Quality and Safeguarding at the NHS Sussex Partnership Trust.
Further details regarding the event schedule will be available ahead of the event.
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