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NEWS: Newport Girls' get AcSEED Award

31st August 2020

Congratulations to Newport Girls' High School in Shropshire ...

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

20th May 2018

Read The AcSEED Newsletter for May 2018.

NEWS: New Volunteer Opportunities

11th March 2018

AcSEED is looking for enthusiastic individuals with a passion for improving young people's mental health and wellbeing to help drive the next phase of our growth.

NEWS: The AcSEED Newsletter

11th July 2017

Read The AcSEED Newsletter for July 2017.

NEWS: Farnborough gets AcSEED Award

24th July 2016

Congratulations to The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire ...

NEWS: Beacon PRU gets AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to The Beacon PRU in Redditch, Worcestershire ...

NEWS: Lordswood get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Lordswood Girls' School in Harborne, Birmingham ...

NEWS: Cedars Upper get AcSEED Award

25th March 2016

Congratulations to Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ...


Being a young person can be stressful, even for those children who don't have a diagnosable mental health problem. Support is crucial at this vulnerable age, and schools are ideally placed to provide it. Young people spend much of their time in school, and it can frequently offer a safe environment in which to seek extra support. Society has a duty to ensure that young people have easy access to emotional support, and schools are the natural reference point for children who are unable or unwilling to get help from their parents or relevant organisations.

School years should offer the opportunity for both academic and personal development, both should be considered and valued equally. In recent years league tables have put a sharp focus on educational development and achievement. Whilst academic qualifications are undoubtedly important, so is the need to foster well rounded and emotionally robust individuals. In fact there is a close relationship between these objectives as emotional wellbeing is usually a pre-requisite for student's to achieve their full academic potential.

Mental health difficulties in young people can emerge in various forms and to differing degrees. It is a topic afforded little attention and thus suffering students often receive help only when they have reached a point of crisis. Many young people who have experienced such distress recognise that extra support through school could have helped significantly in understanding and managing their emotional vulnerabilities before they had opportunity to escalate. Schools are well placed to support the development of emotional resilience, which could help to avoid future requirements for more intense mental health treatment and the associated social and financial costs.