Adi Bloom

Teachers take ‘first step’ in mental health training

Teachers learn ‘crisis response’ on government’s mental health first aid programme

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“MAD,” someone writes in capital letters on the whiteboard.

“CRAZY. PSYCHO. BASKET CASE,” someone writes next to it. A third person contributes “CAN SHORT OF A SIX PACK”. A fourth person adds an exclamation mark to this last one.

The people writing on the whiteboard are not boundary-testing teenagers. In fact, they are not pupils at all: they are a group of teachers and teaching assistants from several Suffolk schools, gathered in a classroom for a day’s training in mental health first aid.

Last week, Theresa May announced that the government would be paying £200,000 to fund the first year ...

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