Northampton headteacher scoops award for psychological well being programme

A headteacher who oversees a college that’s situated inside a safe psychiatric hospital has scooped a prime award for her prevention work inside psychological well being and schooling.

Cheryl Smith, who is predicated at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton, picked up the Neighborhood Changemaker of the 12 months prize on the annual Changemaker Awards ceremony, which is hosted by the College of Northampton (UoN).

Ms Smith was recognised on the glitzy occasion, held on the Park Inn Resort, for launching the LightBulb programme, which was designed to assist lecturers spot the early indicators of psychological well being points in kids after which take acceptable, early motion.

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Cheryl Smith is the Headteacher of the St Andrew’s CAMHS School.

Ms Smith mentioned: “To be named the winner of such a prestigious award is such an enormous honour and, frankly, I used to be somewhat overwhelmed when my title was known as out.

“I wish to thank the judges and the Changemaker hosts for inviting me and for this beautiful award. Nevertheless, I can’t truly take all of the credit score for this prize, as I’ve such an excellent workforce behind me who’re those that go into the colleges and ship the programme.”

Colleges that signal as much as the LightBulb programme obtain psychological well being consciousness and assist coaching for all employees in addition to periods for each dad and mom and college students. Every session talks about signs, assist and signposts sources.

Ms Smith continued: “Collectively, we really feel so passionately about serving to younger individuals who could actually be fighting their psychological well being however not understanding their emotions.

“We all know from expertise that kids don’t at all times recognise what’s going on and generally conceal their feelings, however that may be the place the issues begin.

“So, by educating the kids about their emotions, recognise them and ask for assist, we’re giving them permission to open up conversations about it.”

Since LightBulb was launched in 2021, the programme has been delivered at 32 colleges and reached greater than 11,500 kids. The LightBulb workforce is already taking a look at how they’ll take the programme to a nationwide stage.

Each main and secondary colleges up and down the nation are eligible to enroll in the LightBulb programme.

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Because of St Andrew’s Healthcare being a charity, the programme shouldn’t be a profit-making initiative and can price the varsity £1 per pupil if commissioned.

Director of enterprise and employability from UoN Wray Irwin mentioned: “We had been so impressed by the superb work that Cheryl and her workforce have rolled out in a really brief house of time, that it made full sense to call her the winner.

“We all know that psychological well being points are on the rise amongst younger folks, and but well being sources are so stretched, it was actually great to learn concerning the LightBulb programme and the way it has already made such an impactful impression on our younger folks throughout the county.”

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