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DISCOVER
The impact of DISCOVER 
DISCOVER
The impact of DISCOVER 
DISCOVER
The impact of DISCOVER 
DISCOVER
The impact of DISCOVER 
The DISCOVER programme has been delivered in over 35 schools in South London and South of England to date, including all the sixth forms within the Harris Federation. valuation and student feedback are embedded in the approach, so we can monitor student uptake, mental health and wellbeing outcomes , students’ perceptions and goals, and the additional work done to help students access additional support. .

A Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) run by Kings College London and funded by the National Institute of Health Service Research (NIHR) has been conducted in ten schools in South London in 2014-2015 (Brown et al., 2019). Five schools’ student outcomes following delivery of the DISCOVER programme were compared with students in five comparison schools, whose students were awaiting the programme.

The results provided good evidence that after attending DISCOVER, students’ anxiety and depression reduced and emotional resilience improved. Further details of this RCT and future impact evaluations are available on request from the DISCOVER programme lead, Dr Irene Sclare on irene.sclare@slam.nhs.uk.

Students and teachers have also identified that DISCOVER has had an impact on specific school and home behaviour and attitudes, including:

  • Increased ability to focus on and prioritise school work
  • Improved time management and problem solving
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved capacity to deal with anxiety provoking situations
  • Improved interactions with peers and family
  • Better sleep and more daytime energy

What students have said:

testimonials from students

What teachers have said:
testimonials from teachers





References:

Brown, J. S., Blackshaw, E., Stahl, D., Fennelly, L., McKeague, L., Sclare, I., & Michelson, D. (2019). School-based early intervention for anxiety and depression in older adolescents: a feasibility randomised controlled trial of a self-referral stress management workshop programme (“DISCOVER”). Journal of adolescence, 71, 150-161.



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Testimonial: Head of Year 12

Teaching students skills they can use and do on their own to help support their well-being - they really do use it! the review meetings were great! They really open up about what they are experiencing and helps us as a school to support them more specifically.

Students over time became more open about communicating their feelings and trusting, I think in combination with the program and having the support of the pastoral team alongside it. Thank you. This program has been so helpful and has helped bring to light how great the need to support mental health and well-being is in this year group.


Testimonial: Head of Year 12

Teaching students skills they can use and do on their own to help support their well-being - they really do use it! the review meetings were great! They really open up about what they are experiencing and helps us as a school to support them more specifically.

Students over time became more open about communicating their feelings and trusting, I think in combination with the program and having the support of the pastoral team alongside it. Thank you. This program has been so helpful and has helped bring to light how great the need to support mental health and well-being is in this year group.


Testimonial: Head of Year 12

Teaching students skills they can use and do on their own to help support their well-being - they really do use it! the review meetings were great! They really open up about what they are experiencing and helps us as a school to support them more specifically.

Students over time became more open about communicating their feelings and trusting, I think in combination with the program and having the support of the pastoral team alongside it. Thank you. This program has been so helpful and has helped bring to light how great the need to support mental health and well-being is in this year group.


Testimonial: Head of Year 12

Teaching students skills they can use and do on their own to help support their well-being - they really do use it! the review meetings were great! They really open up about what they are experiencing and helps us as a school to support them more specifically.

Students over time became more open about communicating their feelings and trusting, I think in combination with the program and having the support of the pastoral team alongside it. Thank you. This program has been so helpful and has helped bring to light how great the need to support mental health and well-being is in this year group.