A SCOTS teacher has raised an incredible £1,600 in support of local children receiving quality mental health and social emotional learning support.
Kate McGarrity raised the money after hosting a fundraiser at Goals in Shawlands, Glasgow last weekend.
The 33 year-old Riverbank Primary teacher included many special events at the fundraiser, including a quiz and a raffle with luxurious prizes to support ‘The PATHS® Programme for Schools (UK Version)’.
The Paths Programme supports children from a young age to raise awareness of their feelings and helps them to develop self-regulation skills.
Kate, from Glasgow, explained why she felt the need to raise funds which total £1,606: “Today, in our local area, primary school-aged children are experiencing poor mental health episodes for a multitude of reasons and are sadly going unsupported.
“This can start the spiral into unhealthy choices and a limited ability to regulate emotions, which, in turn, can have lifelong consequences.
“In schools, we are seeing children struggle with emotional regulation which leads to outbursts, episodes or extreme worry, and sadness and anger are becoming a regulars part of school life.
“We are also seeing a dramatic decrease in child self-confidence and self-esteem – children saying they aren’t capable and aren’t able.
“I believe there has most definitely been in increase in these types of behaviours since the pandemic.
“As a Glasgow primary school teacher with a psychology background, the recent increase in children requiring mental health support is extremely concerning.
“If the trends continue and our children continue to suffer without the right type of support, I truly worry for the next generation of adults.
“The PATHS® Programme is something I deliver in school and is a proactive approach to supporting children with their social emotional learning and wellbeing.
“It is proactive in that it aims to prevent mental health challenges as opposed to dealing with them once they occur.”
Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “We cannot thank Kate enough for her wonderful fundraising efforts.
“We currently deliver the PATHS® Programme in nurseries and schools across Glasgow and the West.
“With Kate’s support, this service can now reach more children and help to improve their mental health and better equip them into adulthood.”
The PATHS® Programme is a mental health initiative run by leading children’s charity Barnardo’s that works to support children in recognising, managing and regulating their emotions to build stronger mental health and resilience.
In 2022/23, the programme has been delivered in 19 schools and 15 pre-schools across Glasgow, East Ayrshire and Inverclyde, reaching 5,452 children.
In Glasgow, 77 per cent of children included in surveys showed stable or improved emotional competence. To donate, please visit: https://shorturl.at/LU156.