It was a bit of a no brainer deciding what topic should take centre stage for our last post of 2017.
10% of children aged 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. However 70% of children don’t get appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. One of the main reasons for this is that the signs are not spotted early enough.
Our mission as an agency is to help lower that percentage by training the tutors on our books how to recognise the symptoms of a range of mental health problems. By incorporating mindfulness and positive psychology into their teaching, tutors can help students manage their emotions.
Daniel has worked tirelessly this year to research and write great content for our website and our blog; he has interviewed key people in the world of mental health and recorded them in vlogs for us (his conversation with Dick Moore is a particular highlight); and, most importantly, he has started to run mental health workshops for the tutors on our books.
As tutors we are in a privileged position: we have the time and space to really get to know a child as we teach them. And if we start to suspect that they are struggling, we can flag up our concerns. It’s all very well getting straight A*s, but if the mind is not calm, present, contended and resilient, a student will struggle to maximise their potential.
The importance of mental health cannot be overstated. Everyone is talking about it from the young royals in addition to sportsmen and celebrities. Long may this continue: it’s paramount that the conversation continues so our young people can grow up aware of their mental health and how to look after it.