Who is the course for and what’s it about?

Similar to ROAR Primary, this course is aimed at any staff member that works in a secondary school setting.

ROAR Secondary comprises of five different modules which are 2 hours long each. These modules are:

  • Module 1 – ROAR essentials gives an overview of anxiety, low mood, depression, suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders
  • Module 2 – Adolescent brain development
  • Module 3 – Social and emotional development
  • Module 4 – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Module 5 – Whole School Approach Session

What difference will it make?

This course will support senior leadership teams to develop and implement a whole-school approach to mental health. This will be with their own tailored policy, which will support staff, pupils, parents and carers, following the eight principles of the whole school approach to mental health. Senior leads will have the opportunity to develop their school’s wellbeing policy in line with these eight principles and implement this within their school.

With 1 in 6 young people having some form of diagnosable mental distress and greater demands since the pandemic, it can sometimes seem like an impossible task for the emotional needs of our young people to fall on a pastoral team or just one go-to person. That’s why our ROAR course will strengthen the senior leadership team to develop knowledge and resilience within their staff to respond to the mental health needs of their young people, their families and their own staff.

Another offer the MYA RAISE Team have for Secondary Schools is our EMPOWER offer. EMPOWER has been developed to support young peoples mental health by covering topics around some of the top presenting issues to their mental health over the pandemic. The project aims to reduce the stigma around mental health, build young people’s resilience and offer practical tips to support their wellbeing. The project will run over 1 day with 5 carousel workshops.

I thought the delivery was excellent, facilitators were knowledgeable, engaging and made me feel at ease to ask questions and join in discussions. Thank you so much for delivering this course and supporting my learning around these essential issues. I enjoyed absolutely everything. From recognising signs and symptoms, looking at the physical, social and emotional development of adolescents, ACEs to using ROAR as a framework.

What is EMPOWER?

EMPOWER has been developed to support young people’s mental health by covering topics around some of the top presenting issues to their mental health over the pandemic.

The programme covers building resilience, observing signs and symptoms and strengthening wellbeing through empathy and resources.

The project aims to reduce the stigma around mental health, build young people’s resilience and offer practical tips to support their wellbeing. The project will run over 1 day with 5 carousel workshops focusing on:
1- Anxiety
2- Low mood
3- Body image
4- Suicide awareness
5- Self-injury – behaviour is communication

If you would like the MYA RAISE Team to come into your school and deliver these sessions for free or would like further information please contact francescal@mya.org.uk