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Circles for Learning supports busy teachers develop Positive Foundations for Mental Health and Wellbeing in their children and young people as well as academic progress.

• It offers easy and cost effective online training.
Exciting Resources for busy Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Thrive Practitioners and Learning Mentors.
• A unique research driven project that can be delivered with ease in any classroom from KS1-KS4

Circles for Learning, an exciting project that develops the foundations for positive mental health and wellbeing which enabling Children and Young People to manage their future and thrive.

Alarming facts figures and statistics:

• 695,000 children and young people in the UK between the ages of 5-16 have a significant mental illness: 39,000 children are affected by anxiety 18,900 are affected by ADHD 10,800 are affected by depression 68,100 are affected with a conduct disorder (Public Health England)
• Boys under the age of 11 are more likely to have a mental health disorder than girls of the same age. (Mental Health England 2018)
• Girls aged 17-19 are twice as likely to experience mental health problems compared to boys. (Mental Health England 2018)
• There has been a significant rise in emotional disorders of CYP which have risen from 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017 (Mental Health England 2018)
• Children aged 14-19 who identify as LGBT are more likely to have a mental health disorder than those who identify as heterosexual. (Mental Health England 2018)
• The rate of suicide in the UK has hit a 16 year high largely driven by the suicide of boys and men. Self-inflicted deaths of females under the age of 25 saw a considerable rise reaching the highest on record. (Samaritans suicide facts and figures)
• 41,921 children and young people were hospitalised for self-harm in the UK in 2014 (Public Health England)
• Children affected by learning disabilities are: 6 x more likely to experience conduct disorders 4 x more likely to have a diagnosable emotional disorder or mental health problem 2 x more likely to experience depressive episodes (Emerson and Hatton 2007)
• 60% of our Looked after children and young people have some form of emotional issues or mental health illness. (Public Health England)
• PTSD affects 1 in 10 children and young people with refugee histories which is twice as high as children from non-refugee communities. (Sack et al 1999)

Research clearly demonstrates that early prevention is essential however alarmingly over 70% of our CYP who experience mental health problems do not access the appropriate interventions early enough. The emotional wellbeing of our children and young people is as important as their physical health Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience, problem solving abilities, positive relationships, emotional literacy and self-awareness to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into healthy adults.

Circles for Learning is for all those educational practitioners who want to make a difference and build positive foundations for Mental Health and Wellbeing as well as academic progress.