As a result of a successful partnership between NHS Western Isles and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, an emotional wellbeing teaching resource will be made available to all primary and secondary schools in the Western Isles.
Over a number of months, NHS Western Isles’ Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has been working in collaboration with the local Education and Children’s Services Department to review the DVD, ‘Getting the Lowdown’ and ensure it is available to all schools as an up to date evidence-based resource for teachers. Getting the Lowdown is a resource designed to equip teachers and facilitators with the tools they need to effectively educate and engage young people around issues of emotional wellbeing.
Created as a way to help meet emotional literacy targets and as a compliment to a variety of staff training programmes, this resource contains teaching materials for lessons including friendships and relationships, bullying, anger management, loss and bereavement, being active, stress and anxiety, eating disorders, self harm, and depression.
The DVD, which has been purchased by the Comhairle, will be distributed to all schools this month. The Western Isles is the first area in Scotland where the resource is being rolled out in partnership between the NHS and local authority. The partnership will continue in terms of ongoing support in the delivery of the training programmes, which NHS Western Isles staff will continue to provide to local schools.
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