Walsall Psychiatrists Promote Mental Health Through Schools – 16/2/10

Psychiatrists from Walsall took time out of their day job to help promote positive mental health in borough schools.

The clinicians, from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust, joined Walsall colleagues at “A Life Full of Colour”, which was held to demonstrate and promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing in local schools.

A series of activities and presentations helped highlight the importance of looking after children's emotional and mental health needs and considering the affect that parents’ mental health can have on children.

The day’s events included a number of short films, and a mental health themed quiz competition for Year 9 and 10 students from Alumwell Business and Enterprise College and Frank F Harrison College.

Children and teachers who attended the event also had the opportunity to meet Camila Batmanghelidjh the founder of children charities – The Place 2 Be and Kids Company.

The event, held last week at forest Arts Centre in Walsall, was officially opened by Glyn Shaw, chairman of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust.

Dr Ananta Dave, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with the Trust’s CAMHS team and the event’s organizer, said:

“The event has been a huge success in showcasing local and national initiatives, bringing staff from health and education together and raising awareness of the affects that mental illness can have.”

“It is important that we raise awareness of mental health issues at an early age as significant mental health problems can and do occur in young children and in some cases, these problems can have serious consequences on learning and education.”

Dr S. Krishnamurthy, Associate Specialist in Psychiatry, Walsall said:

“The event has helped highlight the importance of partnership working between health and education to ensure children are aware of issues which may affect people close to them and promote mental health education as part of the school curriculum.”

Glyn Shaw, Chairman, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust said:

“Events like this are essential in helping to combat the stigma which is often attached to mental health.”

“Increasing the awareness of mental health issues can hopefully go some way to ensuring future generations have a better understanding of these issues and the services that are available to help.”