Sunday, January 29, 2023

A board program will combat mental health problems in school children

Ministry of Educational Development records the rise in cases since the pandemic and provides measures for its detection and prevention

The Junta de Andalucía has launched an emotional wellness program in the educational sector with the aim of combating the growing problems related to mental health suffered by Andalusian students, which have been increasing especially since the pandemic.

This innovative initiative, promoted by the Ministry of Educational Development and Vocational Training, aims to comprehensively improve and protect the health and emotional well-being of students in the final cycle of primary education, compulsory secondary education, level two, basic and intermediate vocational training. Public and aided centres, these centers also include teachers and other professionals.

The programme, which includes creating protocols for prevention and protection of students, will have 25 counselors who will provide useful information to help students develop skills to cope with their daily lives and early recognition of signs and symptoms Will be able to provide. Major psychosocial problems, including problems with emotional regulation, developmental problems, mood disorders such as depression, previous exposure to other mental health problems, and increased risk of suicide can be identified.

Information campaigns and training activities for families will be promoted and they will be supported by psychologists

The board’s general secretary for educational development, Francisco Javier Fernandez, told SUR that the program aims to respond to new needs of the educational system, such as those derived from the mental health of students and teachers.

Francisco Javier Fernández explained that “the objective of the program is preventive and seeks to promote the early detection of these disorders with the confidentiality and care that these cases demand with the aim of making an accurate diagnosis and making interventions to facilitate their recovery.” Huh.”

The program provides for an increase in the number of counselors to 295 and the creation in educational centers of the figure of a coordinator of the emotional well-being and safety of children and adolescents, as well as for students who will act as digital assistants and who will network Cooperate in addressing cyberbullying and other harassment cases.

The initiative will promote the development of information campaigns on these disorders for the entire educational community and training actions for families on the use of social networks and mental health. Similarly, a guide and a protocol will be prepared to prevent self-harm behavior and suicides.

The program considers specific actions in literacy and the establishment of indicators of emotional well-being and mental health to address these problems. The dissemination of good practices and awareness will also be promoted to prevent misuse and abuse of new technologies to avoid addictive behaviour.

For all this, the Ministry will have the cooperation of the Andalusian Psychological Associations and the support of non-profit organizations that specialize in the field of mental health and youth.

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