Working with your School
The aim of SHARE is to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of the young people within Schools across Somerset and work towards a change in culture to provide an environment whereby individuals feel better equipped to understand and manage their emotions, feelings and behaviour.
SHARE will provide access to Project and Liaison Workers for schools who will invite teachers, governors, parents and, where appropriate spiritual leaders to meet, discuss and ultimately run the Aston Audit Tool. This Audit Tool has been researched and designed by Dr Hermione Aston to support Somerset school settings in developing a whole setting approach to mental health. Once completed each section of Aston Audit Tool will generate a score from which Goals for the School are decided upon together. An example might be developing better and more open relationships with the local community around mental health understanding and awareness, improving emotional and mental health support for staff or creating accessible quiet places - benches/spaces within the school or embedding feedback from participation activities into Senior Leadership Meetings.
The Project and Liaison Workers have all trained in Mindful Emotion Coaching and are able to work with schools developing an understanding of where this approach can be merged into their Action Plan. Mindful Emotion Coaching is all about cascading information about the neuroscience of human brain development and emotion regulation as well as developing empathy skills for staff, parents, children and young people. Somerset Public Health first commissioned this approach in 2015 and the training powerpoints and resources are free and available for all schools in Somerset through EHCAP Ltd.
In addition we Project and Liaison Workers will support schools to develop peer mentoring champions as well as parent drop-ins and to increase knowledge of mental health difficulties whilst encouraging schools to develop an ethos around emotional well-being.