School leaders’ network guide
We’ve produced an easy, ready-to use guide to help you set up a school leaders’ mental health network in your region. The primary reasons for setting up a mental health network are simple. Among other things, they help us to learn from others’ experiences and share ideas on what works and where changes might be made.
“Challenging the stigma and misconceptions about mental health requires a starting point and some knowledge of where to signpost students and staff for support should they need it. Having a network of colleagues and contacts from both in and out of other schools can give you that starting point.” – Matthew Wright, Headteacher, Wrotham School
The content in the guide is drawn from our experience of supporting networks across the country, and includes evidence and advice about what makes networks successful and why it is so valuable to start one. It also contains a series of advisory notes, support materials and protocols.
If you are a school leader and would like to give some feedback on the content of the guide, please email email@example.com
Time to Change networks
We have supported the development of three school leader networks in Bristol, Liverpool and Kent that meet on a quarterly basis to discuss issues relating to mental health and mental health stigma.
The networks allow schools to support each other, share information on what works for them and what resources and support they use. Each of the networks is taking on joint initiatives and planning activities for the coming school years which engage pupils, staff teams and parents.
If you're interested in starting your own network and want some top tips based on our work with school leader networks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool - a case study
The Liverpool Senior Leaders Mental Health Network Senior school leaders have established a mental health network in Liverpool, affiliated to the Liverpool Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Partnership (CAMHS), through Merseyside Youth Association and Liverpool City Council (Public Health). The network has ten member schools that are sharing knowledge, information and expertise to support their strategies for promoting mental health, appropriate pastoral care, and challenging mental health stigma and discrimination. It is being administered and hosted, on a rolling basis, by one member who works with Merseyside Youth Association. Members of the network schools have attended a Train the Trainer session with the Time to Change team.