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Free Emotional Wellbeing Healthchecks for Bristol Schools

Posted 20th November 2018

Bridge in Schools (BiS) is offering Free Emotional Wellbeing Checks to Bristol Primary Schools.

“Public spending cuts are increasing stress on families, while stripping out vital emotional and psychological support for vulnerable children. Schools are in the front line. As mental health specialists, we have to do everything we can to help them meet the challenge.” (Dr. Emily Ryan, Manager, Bridge in Schools)

The Bridge in Schools offer comes as concerns mount nationally about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Recent government-funded research by the University College London and University of Liverpool confirmed that 24% of girls and 9% of boys are reporting depression aged 14[1]. This follows an increase in numbers of children in primary schools with emotional problems.

In Bristol, the Local Authority estimates that in 2014 there were at least 2390 children aged 5-11 with diagnosable mental health disorders in the City[2]. On current data, 70% of Bristol children and adolescents with mental health problems will not have had an appropriate intervention at a sufficiently early age.[3]

Bridge in Schools are leading experts in child development and wellbeing, and have supported Bristol schools for over 10 years. It is part of the Bridge Foundation, a Bristol charity formed by mental health specialists 33 years ago, to increase access to mental health expertise in the local community.

Senior Leadership staff in Bristol Primaries can now book an hour with a BiS clinician, to access specialist expertise in the wellbeing issues confronting their school.

The BiS specialist will meet staff in school to identify priorities across the whole school, clarify budget pressures, and then provide a report that signposts options.

To book an appointment, schools should contact Dr. Emily Ryan, Programme Manager, Bridge in Schools.

emily.ryan@bridgefoundation.org.uk.

0117 942 4510.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/20/one-in-four-girls-have-depression-by-the-time-they-hit-14-study-reveals

[2] Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Report 2015, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, Bristol City Council

[3] Public Health England. (2015). Early adolescence: Applying All Our Health. Retrieved from gov.uk/government/ publications/early-adolescence-applying-all-our-health/ early-adolescence-applying-all-our-health [Accessed 08/07/16].