By Benjamin Taylor – Year 12
Do you know anyone with a mental health problem?
You might think you don’t, however the people over at www.Ming.org.uk have researched that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
The most recent recorded data of the UK’s population is 66.57 million, so that means that 16,642,500 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue this year alone.
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk have concluded that 70% of these people will not receive any help. Many of these issues won’t even be recognised by family, friends or teachers.
There are many risk factors to getting a mental health problem, such as having a long term physical illness, family problems, bullying or discrimination as well as many other factors. There are things you can do to stay in a good mental health too however, such as being in a good physical state, which improves body confidence, having hobbies and being able to do things that make you happy and gives a general feeling of feeling loved, wanted and belonging.
Because of increasing stress in young people, the amount of mental health cases are on the rise, however the 70% of people who won’t receive any help is slowly decreasing. People speak of mental health as a subject to avoid but truthfully any mental health issue is just as important as any physical issue.
In an interview with Mr Dent, he said that he wanted “Anybody experiencing any kind of symptom needs to be confident who to see”. Teachers at Malton School are undergoing a mental health awareness training program with the group “Compass buzz”.
This course has 3 levels. Level 1 is mandatory for all staff and teaches them how to recognise symptoms of mental health issues before they become a larger problem. Level 2 is not mandatory for All staff but is mandatory for key stage leaders and senior leaders, this level will be knowing how to talk to students more in depth about mental illness and anxieties. Level 3 is something only select staff such as Mr Dent himself will be taking, which will give the staff the ability to know what to say to students about more serious illnesses such as eating disorders. The end goal for all of Malton School is to have any students experiencing a mental health issue to be confident and comfortable to go and talk to any member of staff, as if it was a physical illness like a stomach ache.
Collectively we as a school are doing a lot of things to help with mental health issues such as the teacher training and the recent mental health assemblies and a newly formed year 12 mental well-being group.
If you or someone close to you is experiencing any form of mental health issue from general anxiety and depression to a serious eating disorder or suicidal thoughts then the staff at Malton School want you to know that they are all available to talk in strict privacy and they will do anything they can to help. Some teachers have already received certificates for completing their level 1 Compass Buzz mental health awareness training.
If however you do want more professional advice then here are a few websites that do show symptoms of mental health disorders. If you do believe yourself or a close friend to be experiencing a mental health disorder then do talk to someone about it, a teacher, parent or your local doctor because the earlier a problem is realised, the easier It is to sort out.
- PAPYRUS (Prevention of young suicide)
Those were just a few of the larger groups who can easily help and be contacted by anyone at anytime. The prevention of young suicide is an important one as twenty people out of a hundred will have regular suicidal thoughts and although only six out of a hundred people will actually attempt suicide, all it takes is one bad day to push someone over their limit.
Remember that if you have an issue yourself or you think a friend may have a mental health issue then do talk to a member of staff, they’ve all received some training now and all know how to help and the steps to take to keep students safe and healthy.