Ian Soars – 9th February 2016

Fegans are delighted to support Children’s Mental Health Week. Whilst the battle for de-stigmatising mental health in children is far from over a new battle ground is emerging…..the availability of expert help and the resources to pay for it. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) released a survey this week which revealed that;

“64% of schools do not have access to a counsellor on site, and three-quarters of these said the most common barrier was financial”.

It is hard to put a financial value on children who have suffered bereavement, abuse, family separation or trauma…but that is the just the difficulty facing SENCOs and Head Teachers. For many, the decision is a brutal choice between equipment for the many or support for the few. This is a desperate situation for too many of our educators. Russell Hobby, the General Secretary of the NAHT goes on to say that “ almost two-thirds of primary school leaders say that it is difficult to access local mental health professionals,”

Fegans recently launched the Jigsaw Project. The aim is to source local, qualified counsellors wherever and whenever schools need us. Our hope is that as  we all become aware of this blight facing our nation’s children we can all begin to support those battling to address it, and to transform the life chances of those suffering the most.