Building a sustainable approach to mental health work in schools

Weare, Katherine and Murray, Michael (2004) Building a sustainable approach to mental health work in schools. The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 6, (2), 53-59.


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Sustainability is a major challenge to mental health work in schools, and many initiatives started by wellmeaning individuals and agencies fade quickly. This paper outlines some key actions that can be taken to ensure that mental health work is sustained, as well as introduced, in schools. These actions include demonstrating that mental health work meets educational goals such as learning and the management of behaviour, using a positive model of mental well-being to which it is easy for those who work in schools to relate, using mental
health experts as part of a team, forging alliances with other agencies and working with a whole-school approach. Such approaches are more likely to meet the needs of people with more severe mental problems and provide a more stable platform for specialist interventions than targeted programmes. The paper goes on to suggest some practical steps to sustain work at the school level. These steps include assessing the current position, developing the vision, identifying the gaps, determining readiness and assessing the scene for change, securing consensus, planning the change, establishing criteria,
and managing, evaluating and maintaining the change.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1462-3730 (print)
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Keywords: mental health, schools, organisations, change, sustainability
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 26877
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
May 2004Published
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:50

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