The authors look at both the risk factors and the protective factors involved in emotional health, and address the impact of issues such as bullying, social exclusion, loss, and bereavement.
Chapter 1.5: Why Intervene at Whole-School Level?
Why Intervene at Whole-School Level?
Both the mental health and the emotional intelligence of everyone in a school can be improved by instituting an intervention for the whole school. Issues may be highlighted by individuals but a whole-school response can generate benefits for everyone.
Mental Health of the Whole-School Population
Schools are places of social activity: large communities which have a personality in their own right. They are inevitably involved in the mental and emotional health of their pupils. In any school of 1,000 pupils there are likely to be:
- 50 pupils with a depressive illness, i.e. seriously depressed;
- 100 who are suffering significant distress;
- 10–20 pupils with obsessive-compulsive disorder;
- 5–10 girls with an eating disorder (Young Minds, 2002).
The majority of the school ...