This mental awareness programme was developed by St Andrew’s College, part of St Andrew’s Healthcare, a nationwide mental health charity.
Recognising that prevention is better than cure, teaching staff in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) Low Secure Unit at the charity’s secure hospital developed a programme for primary and secondary schools. Fostering a culture of positive mental health, LightBulb provides a ready-made framework, enabling participants to demonstrate and showcase excellence in mental health practice, including to regulatory bodies.
In their partnership with schools, the LightBulb team are trailblazers in helping teachers, educators, pupils, parents and carers improve knowledge, understanding and skills, helping them to identify potential signs and symptoms of mental health issues among students. They also provide signposting to services and support networks for young people and their families/carers.
Since its 2021 launch, the programme has been delivered to 42 schools and over 27,000 students.
LightBulb also hosts conferences and webinars regularly for schools and parents and recently ran a free roadshow delivering workshops, assemblies and mindfulness sessions to 9 schools across Northamptonshire.