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Posted on: January 29th 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week the school is running a Mental Health Awareness campaign, in line with the National Mental Health Awareness day on Thursday 1st February.

Students will receive assemblies and tutorials on the topic of Mental Health with a specific focus and advice on how to help keep themselves mentally healthy. They will be encouraged to talk to one another or family members about how they are feeling, and to take time to allow these conversations to happen. The school actively promotes Mental Wellbeing throughout the course of this and previous academic years, and this awareness week is the second the school has run on this topic; we very much hope it will be as successful as last year in terms of getting the students discussing their mental health in a positive manner.

To help parents support any conversations that might come up from the awareness week please find links to some of the websites and charity organised social media campaigns that we will be using in our work with the students. I am also including a link to an excellent advice hub for parents for online help and support if you are worried about your child’s behaviour or mental health.

ï‚· #Bestmanproject (getting boys/men talking to one another about their feelings):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-5PlJO3t4o&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Heads+Together&utm_campaign=06c9af4183-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_767ce5c9be-06c9af4183-293267841&ibss=1

ï‚· The Heads together campaign:

https://www.headstogether.org.uk/get-involved/?utm_source=Heads+Together&utm_campaign=06c9af4183-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_767ce5c9be-06c9af4183-293267841

ï‚· Advice for parents:

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

ï‚· Time to Talk Day 2018

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day-2018

Last year the school held an information evening for parents on Adolescent Mental Health and
Emotional Wellbeing with the mental health charity MIND. We are in the process of trying to arrange
a similar event for later in the academic year, and we will be sure to circulate details once we know
more.

If you have any worries or concerns regarding your son or daughter’s mental wellbeing, please discuss these with a member of the pastoral or SEN Team at the school.

Kind Regards

Mrs H Dennis

Assistant Headteacher & SENCO

dennish@sjwms.co.uk