Summit Learning Trust schools focus on wellbeing this Children’s Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week runs from 7th to 13th February and this year’s theme is Growing Together. Place2Be, the children’s mental health charity, launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week back in 2015 to shine a light on the importance of young people’s mental health. One in six children and young people have a diagnosable mental health problem and this year, children, and adults, are being asked to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.
Ninestiles, An Academy and Lyndon School in Solihull (another Summit Learning Trust school) both strive to provide students with support regarding their mental health and wellbeing.
Ninestiles will be taking part in a trial being run by Warwick University which is an online programme called Parenting Intervention to Prevent affective disorders in high-risk Adolescents (PIPA). The programme targets parents or carers to try to address parenting skills with a view to reducing depression and anxiety in their children.
Students at Ninestiles have also been taking part in F2D workshops which give them the opportunity to learn key entrepreneurial skills whilst designing their own hoodies. They also learn about marketing, design, and promotion and the workshops aim to improve their confidence and self-esteem in a fun environment.
Lyndon School has held several awareness day presentations which tutors share with their students on various mental health related topics. These resources include Time to Talk Day, Random Acts of Kindness, Eating Disorders Awareness, Nutrition and Hydration, Happiness, Stress Awareness, Loneliness Awareness, Friendship Day, Suicide Prevention and Human Rights. Their purpose is to raise awareness of these sensitive issues and inform students on what they can do the help themselves and where they can seek support from.
Mr Alex Hughes, Principal at Ninestiles, An Academy said:
“I am delighted that Ninestiles will be taking part in the PIPA trial, as it’s a fantastic opportunity to provide parents and carers with the key skills they need to support their children through anxiety and depression at the earliest stage.
As a school we take our students’ mental wellbeing very seriously; at the beginning of the school year we welcomed Kooth into school to speak with all our students about their service and how to look after their emotional wellbeing, and next month Kooth will be delivering an online presentation to parents on their service, so they know what support is available for their children.”
Mr Abid Butt, Principal at Lyndon School said:
“At Lyndon School we take mental health very seriously throughout the academic year. In preparation for Children’s Mental Health Week, a whole school activity has been prepared for every tutor to deliver to their students. We also make sure that all students know they can access continuous support from our Pastoral Team and Welfare Department.”