Thriving Minds: Acting Early on Mental Health

With half of all mental health conditions beginning before the age of 14, there is a significant opportunity for schools to act earlier to promote mental wellbeing by adopting a whole-school approach to mental health.   That is one of the recommendations from a thought provoking new paper from the Early Action Task Force Thriving Minds: Acting Early on Mental Health, to which MAP CEO Dan Mobbs contributed.   MAP’s Early Action work in three Norwich Schools is cited as an example of how a targeted mix of youth work, counselling, advice and mediation can help prevent mental illness as well as promoting social and emotional wellbeing and reducing the number of people who are NEET.  The report goes on to explore how Early Action initiatives in five other key areas – Employment, Money, Criminal Justice, Renting and Communities – can also help prevent mental health problems escalating.