Some young people are far more likely than others to experience mental health problems. Our Stella Project focused on the needs of those most at risk. These include looked after children, those with a chronic physical condition, those who have experienced trauma, young carers, refugees and those with learning disabilities.
As part of the project, we have produced a series of podcasts, each recorded with a field expert, focusing on the mental health needs of a specific group of young people.You can listen to them here.
A one-year initiative, the Stella project aimed to provide mental health training and development for those working with particularly vulnerable young people and to tailor this to local needs. Funded by Health Education England, Stella stands for Sustainable, Transformative Education: Local Learning Amplified and took place in ten regions in England.
It was targeted at teaching and support staff, school nurses, counsellors, educational psychologists and SENCOs. Outside the school environment, there was involvement from foster carers, social workers, police officers, youth workers, and health professionals. As well as the podcasts, later in the year we will be publishing case studies illustrating the work of the project, and news of how we are continueing our work with vulnerable learners.