Students in the Balearic Islands with an activated autolytic risk protocol may receive complementary psychological support.

Nov 20, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

\ A collaboration agreement has been signed with the Official College of Psychology to facilitate this care.

\ This collaboration will complement the actions of the health services in cases where it is considered necessary.

\ The Balearic Islands are one of the few autonomous communities with a protocol on self-harming behaviour in schools.

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The Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Martí March, and the dean of the Official College of Psychology of the Balearic Islands, Javier Torres, have signed the collaboration agreement to implement the Psychological Intervention Programme in cases with the Protocol for action in the event of self-harming risk activated in schools in the Balearic Islands. The signing was attended by Aina Amengual and Catherine Adrover, director and advisor, respectively, of the Institute for Coexistence and Educational Success (Convivèxit) and Joan Antoni Sancho, treasurer of the Official College of Psychology of the Balearic Islands.

The agreement establishes that the aim of this programme is to offer help and psychological support to students at risk and their families, complementing the actions carried out by the health services in order to enhance the emotional well-being of children and adolescents. This initiative is part of the Protocol of action in case of self-harm risk that has been applied since March 2021 in the educational centres of the Balearic Islands.

Councillor Martí March highlighted the role of educational centres as places where interventions can be made that can improve aspects that go beyond purely pedagogical ones, such as those related to emotional well-being. “Those students with an open self-harm protocol will be able to count on the counselling and psychological support provided by professionals from the Official College of Psychology. This agreement complements the detection work that is already being done in schools thanks to the collaboration between Health and Education to work on the prevention of suicide attempts or self-harm and on improving their emotional well-being.

For his part, Javier Torres explained that the College is very aware of this problem “we have detected an increase in consultations on this matter and when Convivèxit proposed the collaboration to us we thought it was a magnificent idea as it allows us to contribute with a rapid response to alleviate the suffering and emotional discomfort of young people detected in educational centres and to complement the work being done on emotional wellbeing in educational centres”.

To make this collaboration possible, the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training will have an investment of 25,000 euros within the framework of the Mental Health Plan in the Educational Sphere corresponding to the National Mental Health Strategy 2022-2026 for the 2022-23 academic year.