Mental health: Barnardo’s hub offers resources for teachers

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Teachers who are supporting pupils with mental health and wellbeing difficulties can access help via a new website.

Launched by charity Barnardo’s, the site is aimed at teachers, lecturers and staff working in the education sector.

Its aim is to be a “one-stop-shop” where educators can go for trauma-informed resources, support and advice about how to help children and young people cope with any issues they are experiencing.

The website specifically offers support on issues relating to loss, grief, bereavement and trauma in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the same time, there is a selection of resources for education professionals themselves, with a focus on both their wellbeing and that of their department and colleagues.

The Barnardo’s Education Community (BEC), as the website is called, has been created with funding from the Westminster Foundation. Other features include a “community of practice” where visitors can take part in facilitated and peer-led discussions about current and emerging topics. BEC also includes free access to video, webinar and audio training on the resources.

Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan said: “As a former teacher I know just how difficult it can be to support children who are struggling with challenges at home or a history of trauma. In the age of Covid this is so much harder, with many children falling behind in their learning during the lockdowns, facing anxiety and mental health problems, and worrying about their parents’ jobs or their grandparents’ health. On top of all this teachers are facing huge pressures personally and professionally.

“This is why I’m delighted to be launching Barnardo’s Education Community, with vital health and wellbeing resources to support educators at this uniquely difficult time. I’d urge everyone to treat this as your community. Take part in online discussions with your peers and bookmark the page on your browser so it is always there when you need help.

“And if there are any resources you need but cannot see on there already then get in touch and we’ll work on creating them for you. The goal is for the site to be constantly evolving to meet your needs."

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