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Article by Dr Raj Pahil on her new specialism in Positive Mental Health.
Following completion of my PhD in Positive Psychology, I hold a Specialist EP post in the area of Positive Mental Health. The focus of this specialism is to promote a specific model of positive mental health, known as the ‘Grassroots Model of Flourishing’, in educational settings in Coventry.
This model is grounded in a rights-based approach. Research carried out in a local school suggested that children can only flourish once these six entitlements are in place: the right to be safe, healthy, supported, engaged, challenged and listened to. The charity UNICEF UK run a scheme that supports schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the centre of its ethos and curriculum; this is known as the Rights Respecting School Award. UNICEF have made the following case : ‘By promoting the values of respect, dignity and non-discrimination, children’s self-esteem and wellbeing is boosted and they are less likely to suffer from stress. A child who understands their rights understands how they and others should be treated and their sense of self-worth is strengthened.’ I aim to promote a rights-based approach as well as support children and young people’s positive mental health through whole school working. Research conducted in a local school identified five core dimensions of flourishing. These include growing good character, regulation of emotions, autonomous action, a sense of belonging and strengths/competence development. This is also at the heart of the ‘Grassroots Model of Flourishing’.
I have put together a Menu of Whole School Services which include something for all budgets. These include:
I look forward to working with educators in Coventry to strengthen the developmental landscape for all children and young people in their care.