Targeted Mental Health in Schools

Date published: 21 Feb 2011

Posted by: Joe Pick

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The TaMHS project was part of a national Department of Health initiative developed out of the desire to encourage innovation and whole school approaches supporting the emotional health and well-being of young people.

With this in mind, the TaMHS project managers worked with colleagues in Nottinghamshire County Council’s Arts Service to commission City Arts, with many years of experience in the field of arts and health, to deliver projects in three secondary schools and one primary school in North Nottinghamshire.

The arts programme specifically met the aims of simultaneously enhancing the physical environment of the schools and promoting social inclusion, thus promoting the health and well-being both of the individual children selected to take part in the projects and the well-being of all members of the school community.

The findings of this project have been written up in an evaluation report in partnership with Dr Edward Sellman from the University of Nottingham’s School of Education. Four short films were also produced by Anthony McCourt (Push Media). This project was very successful and it shapes a lot of the work that we continue to develop, such as the Express Yourself programme, with young people today.