Rachel taught English in mainstream secondary schools for over 15 years, leaving the profession in 2015 due to the changing nature of education placing increased pressure on both students and teachers. Initially working within an alternative education project providing bespoke curriculum you young people with an array of social, emotional and mental health difficulties, she started training as a mental health nurse in March 2017. Now nearing the end of this course, Rachel wishes to combine her educational and nursing experiences to address mental health within schools under the provisions afforded by the Green Paper: Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision.
Rachel Symons summarises a recent study, which shows that poor connectivity between brain regions may be an indicator of non-suicidal self-injury in young people.[read the full story...]
Rachel Symons summarises a qualitative study that explores the relationship between autism and social anxiety in male adults.[read the full story...]
Rachel Symons explores a new paper about the PEACE pathway (Pathway for Eating disorders and Autism developed from Clinical Experience), which hopes to increase understanding and improve care for patients with a dual diagnosis of autism and eating disorders.[read the full story...]
Rachel Symons summarises a practitioner review looking at the effectiveness of indicated school‐based interventions for adolescents, which finds a positive impact on both depression and anxiety, but little evidence of long-term benefit.[read the full story...]
Rachel Symons summarises the Progress 8 accountability measure and why it’s important to consider school and pupil background when interpreting exam results.[read the full story...]
Rachel Symons summarises a qualitative study on teachers’ aspirations, needs and opinions regarding student mental health support in secondary schools.[read the full story...]