Old systems, new approaches

Updated: Jan 20

On average, one in eight children in the UK has a mental health disorder – that’s about three children in every classroom. Yet there are just 4.5 psychiatrists for every 100,000 young people - that’s fewer than most other European countries. With the UK’s mental health provision for children so stretched, help often ends up coming from families and schools. (via BBC news)


One school in London has actively taken up this challenge. Highgate Primary School has developed a unique system in which dozens of children can get one-to-one sessions with trainee therapists, while some struggling parents are also offered support. The school has redesigned its playground so children can find areas that fit their mood, and it has given over more time to activities such as gardening, cooking and drama.

It's easy to incrementally improve current systems. It's far more difficult to radically change (parts) of it. What part of your "business as usual", might be missing something so obvious that it has been slipping through the cracks for all this years?








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