May declares war on school cyber-bullies

The Daily Mail is reporting that the Prime Minister is instilling plans to tackle cyber bullying, including training teachers to spot signs.

Teachers are to be trained to spot pupils affected by cyber-bullying and eating disorders under plans to tackle the scourge of mental illness, Theresa May will announce today.

The Prime Minister will use a wide-ranging speech on social reform to unveil a new fight against the ‘burning injustices’ suffered by those suffering mental health problems.

Warning that failure to tackle mental health problems quickly ‘destroys lives’, Mrs May will vow to end the stigma that has led to millions of people suffering in silence.

A key part of the package will be funding to train teachers in every secondary school in England in mental health ‘first aid’.

Teachers will be taught how to spot problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, and offered help in identifying and talking to those at risk of self-harm and suicide. Reports have warned that rising numbers of young people are suffering from mental health issues such as anxiety and stress because of an ‘extraordinary range’ of pressures.

More at: May declares war on school cyber-bullies: Teachers to be trained on how to spot the signs under plans to tackle the scourge of mental illness 

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  1. AliCampbell_68

    SchoolsImprove does May have any idea how huge the issue is? Especially depression and anxiety? “Spotting it” doesn’t make up for lack 1/2

  2. rdgresident

    SchoolsImprove more meaningless nonsense from the PM which will be forgotten as soon as the newspapers with the headline are pulped

  3. Nairb1

    Same old:
    1. Identify problem. Get newspaper headlines for addressing the problem.
    2. Provide limited training for teachers
    3. Make schools responsible for solving the problem
    4. Blame schools when there is little or no impact

  4. mel_mwicks

    SchoolsImprove Issue is how/where to get students help they need. Services stretched, schools have no money for support services #flatcash

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