A new scheme trains teachers to help vulnerable schoolchildren and their families, and is easing the burden on local social services

Primary school staff in Swansea are being trained to provide early support to pupils and families. As well as helping people turn their lives around, they’re also reducing the number of preventable referrals to social services.

One mother, a single parent under enormous stress, tackling benefit and employment problems, says the Team Around the Family in Schools (TIS) initiative has been her “lifeline”, adding: “Someone cared – and I feel very fortunate.”

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".