If you are new to the role of mental health lead, or you would like to make sure that your role really makes a difference next year, Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers a few simple ideas to help you to maximise your impact

Why does this role matter to you?

While many schools and colleges now have a mental health lead or the equivalent, this is still a new and evolving role for many and the parameters are not always clearly defined. This is great news as it can mean you are in the position of defining the role and deciding what the focus will be, but it can also bring the challenge of uncertainty about what you should be doing, when, with recourse to whom and so on.

Taking time to consider and share why you are doing the role, what “success” would look like, and what you think is realistic in terms of expectations will help to focus your thoughts and actions right from the start.

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