Government puts £200k behind plan to put mental-health first-aider in every secondary

The funding will be used to train 3,000 members of staff over three years.


The government has pledged £200,000 to back up its proposal to provide every secondary school with a member of staff trained in mental-health first aid.


The funding will be used to train 3,000 teachers and teaching assistants over the next three years. Teachers will receive practical advice on how to deal with mental-health issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm.


The aim is to extend the programme to primary schools by the end of the current parliament.  


Training will be delivered in schools, by social-enterprise organisation Mental Health First Aid England. Participants will be expected to educate other members of staff in their school about the best ways to handle mental-health problems.


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