Mental Health Champions

Mental Health Champions 

A fantastic group of girls from Years 7 to 13 were selected after a mini interview and were given the role of 'Mental Health Champion' within the school.  Time to Change (a leading mental health charity) came to the school to train them up for their role championing mental health.  The girls are enthusiastic and passionate about mental health, and keen to raise awareness within the school and challenge the stigma that there is around mental health problems.  We kick started our school's focus on mental health with a pop up village where the whole school came for one lesson, and were able to attend many stalls and activities to learn more about mental health issues; there was a cinema, activities and games.  The mental health champions arranged stalls where the girls could decorate cakes with faces dependent on how they were feeling, some painted everyone's nail to represent the 1 in 10 young people that will suffer from a mental health problem, other champions made a feelings / wish tree, and others created a pledge board.  It was a great event.  

The mental health champions have been involved in other activities throughout the course of last year some went to Wickhambreaux School and ran sessions for the whole of Year 5 and 6 looking at mental health, self esteem, body image and mindfulness.  The girls planned and delivered these sessions, some sharing their own experiences of mental health problems.  The sessions were a huge success and we have been asked to run similar sessions in other local Canterbury primary schools this year.  

Last year a mindfulness lunchtime club was set up and will continue this year.  

Because of all the great work our school has achieved around mental health we became a Time to Change partner school last year and many of our girls featured in the video supporting teachers and school staff to create an environment and culture where mental health is talked about openly.