Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Fermain Academy is proud to be part of the Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme.

Character, emotional health and wellbeing are vital to the development of young people, who cannot only perform in academic examinations, but who also possess the ‘soft skills’ need to survive in todays society.

The Emotionally Healthy Schools Programme brings together colleagues from education, health and the voluntary sector to support education establishments in Cheshire East in their efforts to improve emotional and mental health education for young people and their families.

Research evidence shows that half of all lifetime mental health problems develop by the age of 14 and affect up to 1 in 4 people. Effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing and better achievement. The culture, ethos and environment of a school influence the health and wellbeing of pupils and their readiness to learn.

Mental Health First Aid

Over the past 20 years the importance of improving the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people has been a strong theme of successive government policy.

In general, common strategic goals aim to:

  • Safeguard, promote and improve children’s psychological, emotional, mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Improve child safety
  • Prevent mental and emotional health issues
  • Support a better quality of life
  • Tackle misuse of alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
  • Improve access to appropriate care and support

Youth Mental Health First Aid has sat within these frameworks since its inception, and is increasingly moving up the policy agenda.

In January 2017, the Government published its response to the 2016 report, “The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health”, addressing key recommendations made by the independent Mental Health Taskforce. This response included a strong focus on early intervention and prevention of mental ill health in young people.

As part of the Government’s commitments set out in this paper, they also funded the Youth MHFA in Schools programme. This programme aims to bring Mental Health First Aid skills to every state school in the country from 2017-2020, by training at least one person per state school. (For more information, see

Emotionally Healthy Schools Links Team

The Links Team seeks to improve knowledge and confidence in schools to respond appropriately to emotional and mental health needs, continue to develop a shared language around mental health, improve pathways across young people’s services and improve links between education and mental health providers.

More information can be found at

Resources for Parents, Carers, and Staff

Please see the documents below for some useful tips and guidance when talking with young people about mental health and wellbeing. All documents are taken from the Anna Freud website (click here).
Parents’ Guide to Talking About Mental Health (Primary)
Parents’ Guide to Talking About Mental Health (Secondary)Staff Guide to Talking About Mental Health