Hastings Improving mental health

Our aim

Children and young people to experience positive personal and social wellbeing, understand the signs of being emotionally or mentally unwell, and receive excellent support if they need it.

Why is this an issue?

  • All children and young people, parents, carers, professionals and volunteers we spoke to in Hastings identified that mental and emotional health and well-being of children and young people is a priority issue
  • Hastings has high rates of depression and severe mental illness
  • An increasing number of young people in Hastings are diagnosed with poor mental health
  • There’s a growing evidence that links emotional and social skills with improved educational outcomes
  • Attendance in Hastings schools is poor. Teachers tell us that poor mental health and resilience affects attendance

We are:

  • Ensuring all children and young people can access support by expanding the i-Rock service from 3 to 5 days a week. The i-Rock service offers 14- to 25-year-olds advice and support for emotional and mental wellbeing, employment, education and housing
  • Ensuring younger children have access to similar support by developing an emotional well-being service for 9- to 14-year-olds
  • Helping parents and carers with their own mental health and well-being by expanding parenting support
  • Developing a whole school approach to mental health and resilience for all schools and colleges in Hastings. Every school and college will have a mental health and well-being staff lead who will receive training

Our targets for 2021:

  • We will work with teachers and leaders to develop a bespoke training programme to support schools and colleges to adopt a whole school / college approach to supporting mental health. We will ensure that it is tailored to the needs of Hastings
  • We will expand the capacity of the i-Rock service and put in place a service for younger children by September 2018
  • We will develop and pilot a universal approach to support families through evidence based parenting programmes by May 2018