Cornwall Mental Health Leads in Schools Network
The government Green Paper recommends that all schools and colleges have a designated lead for mental health (DLMH) by 2025. Most now have one in place.
Designated mental health leads in schools and colleges are not expected to be mental health professionals.
It is not a requirement for the designated mental health lead to be a senior leader, but schools tell us that Mental Health Leads who are either on the senior leadership team (SLT) or have support from the SLT are likeliest to be able to implement whole-school change and improvements efficiently. A governor with a lead for wellbeing is also a really good idea.
Responsibilities of the designated lead should be written into the job description and should include developing a whole-school approach which can provide a 'road map' for an effective, evidence-based approach to the role.
The Cornwall MH Leads Network will provide support / training / resources and bring together Leads to share ideas / information and mutual support.
More information about the MH Lead role can be found on the Headstart Kernow website