Schools and Organisations
Young people spend as much as a third of their lives in a school or other educational institution. The environments and relationships that young people encounter at school, or in sports teams and youth groups have a massive effect on their mental well being. And the adults who deal with them – teachers, sports coaches, youth leaders – are also in a powerful position to help spot problems, and guide young people to the help they need.
Teachers, schools and other youth organisations promote emotional and social well being by creating a supportive environment and teaching their students life skills, such as problem solving and communication. Promoting mental health is also a form of prevention, as it can reduce the number of people who develop a mental health problem or illness.
Taking action when it's needed
Intervention refers to more specific action, such as seeking help for an individual, or introducing a programme for a group of people. Early Intervention means picking up early signs of a mental health problem and providing support before the situation worsens. For example, a teacher may become concerned about a student's emotional well being and refer them to a school counsellor.
The term intervention is also used about other mental health programmes, some of which may be offered through schools. A universal intervention promotes the mental health of everyone, such as a whole school programme to prevent bullying.
A selective intervention aims to prevent mental health problems in a particular group which may be at risk - for example, a support programme for people who have experienced bullying. An indicated intervention is about helping people who are showing early signs of a mental health problem, such as a programme for young people with behaviour problems, for example, anger.