Improving Mental Health & Resilience in Schools (IMHARS)
Southwark’s Health and Wellbeing Board’s Ambition
Southwark’s Health and Wellbeing Board’s local ambition was set that ‘100% of Southwark children and young people get access to emotional wellbeing or mental health services so that the need (and waiting times) for specialist services is reduced; and to ensure that children and young people (and their families) who must wait for specialist services are well supported.’
Board’s purpose is:
-to oversee and direct the “Improving Mental Health & Resilience in Schools (IMHARS)” project to enable it to be successfully delivered, in contributing to the delivery of local ambition above.
One overarching aim is to build resilience through schools so that:
-children and young people can cope with challenges and,
-by ensuring more children live in stronger families.
We aim is to deliver a sustainable, universal infrastructure across all schools in Southwark, as part of our local, schools-led system.
Terms of Reference (pdf, 669kb)
IMHARS Action Plan with COVID-19 (pdf, 257kb)
Successes to date (as at 26/04/21)
IMHARS foundational funding
- 76 unique schools successful in applying and receiving foundational funding;
- 4 nursery, 52 primary, 4 special and 16 secondary schools = 53 maintained & 23 Academy/Free;
- Over 30,000 pupils (universal) and 10000 pupils (targeted) will benefit from the funding;
- 24 school collaboration projects.
CPD and training
As part of Thrive London, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) two day course:
285 MHF Aiders across 86 schools
Other sessions delivered include: DfE Wellbeing for Education Return, Trauma-informed & sensitive practice in Schools, Philosophy 4 Children, Relationships & Sex Education (RSE), Supporting Staff Wellbeing, etc.
- “Support for Staff Wellbeing” leaflet incl. free “counselling” service offer for school staff (employee-led)
- Bfb Labs “Lumi Nova anxiety game” pilot across schools in Southwark
Signposting to Local Services
- Signposting information to schools and new local directory of services: Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Resource Directory.
IMHARS School Champions’ Successes
- created the new version 5 of the “PSHE &Wellbeing Curriculum Framework”, “Resource Bank” and “Reading Lists” Click Here
- members of the IMHARS Funding Assessment Panel
- launched new school policy for “Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health”
- attended conferences/events, delivered training/CPD to school staff and shared learning and practice
- quality assured resources/support documents and shared with schools
- NEW: development of a new local resilience programme, with focus on “impact and what will the difference be”
- NEW: Communications –new and short films showcasing IMHARS practice as well as local communications campaign supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021)