Teachers have the opportunity to access resources to help them to deal with the difficulties and stigmas that surround mental health in schools, thanks to a new package from charity Anxiety UK. 

Through the 'School Membership Package', schools can access expert advice to help deal with anxiety among students and teaching staff. Subscription gives schools connection to the Anxiety UK helpline and price discounts on a range of programmes, products and evidence-based training courses that can help teachers and students to recognise and manage anxiety. It costs £75 per year, or £150 for three years. 

It is estimated that 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5-16 suffer from a mental health problem.  

"We have launched the membership scheme in response to a steep increase in the volume of enquiries from teachers trying to help children or, indeed, colleagues manage anxiety issues, including panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. We know mental health issues can be difficult for school management teams but now membership will give access to our experts," said Nicky Lidbetter, chief executive of Anxiety UK. 

"We have first-hand experience of the problems that schools face, the biggest one of which is silence. The reluctance to talk about stress, anxiety and mental health, whether as a sufferer or a helper, is the reason Anxiety UK invested in creating a resource especially for schools." 

For more information go to:www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/school-membership-and-resources/ or ring 08444 775 774. 

This article originally appeared on our sister site www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk 02/04/2012 posted by dan.parton@pavilion.interactive.co.uk