An article published this week by Times Educational Supplement (TES) reports on a call from the E-Act multi-academy trust to train every teacher in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

The trust is made up of a chain of 25 academies across the country and has a mission to transform the educational landscape by working with educationally under-performing schools in disadvantaged socioeconomic areas to accelerate student achievement and contribute to community cohesion.

Leading by example, the trust has announced plans to train 500 members of staff as Youth Mental Health First Aiders every year and a further 10 school staff as Youth MHFA instructors. To improve peer support among school staff the network will also train 200 members of staff each year as Adult Mental Health First Aiders and six as Adult MHFA instructors.

In addition to this training programme, which aims to improve initial frontline support and mental health awareness, E-Act is also launching its own mental health curriculum to improve pupils’ education around mental health.

You can read the full article on the TES website here.