In This Much I Know about Mind Over Matter John Tomsett addresses, with refreshing honesty, the growing problem of the mental health issues experienced by children and young people, offering up a plan for averting a mental health crisis in our schools. Tomsett interweaves his formative and professional experience with strategies for addressing students’ mental health issues and insights from his interviews with high profile thinkers on the subject including Professor Tanya Byron, Natasha Devon, Norman Lamb, Tom Bennett, Claire Fox and Dr Ken McLaughlin.
Tomsett explains how he manages the pressure of modern day state school headship in a climate where you are only as good as your last set of examination results, a pressure which acutely affects staff and students too. He outlines his strategies for mitigating this pressure and turning the tide of students’ mental health problems.
Topics covered include:
- The problems of loose terminology – what do we really mean when we talk about a mental health epidemic?
- Poor understanding of mental health problems and mental illness
- The disparity between mental and physical health in public discourse
- Treatment and funding
- Strategies to support students in managing their own mental health and resilliance
- The reality of living with a parent with a serious mental illness
- The relationship between academic rigour and therapeutic education
Suitable for teachers, leaders and anyone with an interest in mental health in schools.