Last week, pupils and staff from across Witherslack Group wore yellow for World Mental Health Day as part of the #HelloYellow campaign from Young Minds.
The international day promotes global mental health education, awareness and advocacy and was first celebrated in 1992 and now each October, people across the world help to bring awareness and attention to it.
Here, we roundup the efforts of pupils and staff from across our Group.
Classes from Ashbrooke School were filled with balloons and kind words, advice and coping tools; they also discussed how they can help one another during hard times. During the day, Pastoral Care Assistant, Pam Tuckwell, gave an enthusiastic karaoke performance, making everyone smile ear to ear.
Everyone’s concerted efforts resulted in the school raising a whopping £150.
Broadbeck Learning Centre
Pupils and staff from Broadbeck learning Centre, wore yellow masks and took part in fun activities throughout the day to raise awareness of the day and discussed the importance of mental health.
The day at Cumberland School kick-started with an assembly on mental health. Later on in the day, classes enjoyed a walk in the countryside which is a stone throw away from the school and also completed different activities in their form groups. A fun day was enjoyed by everyone and their efforts raised £50.
Meadow View Learning Centre and Meadow View Children’s Home
The pupils discussed the importance of mental health during their assembly and later on rolled up their sleeves to bake lemon drizzle cake to sell in the afternoon. They were also given the once in a lifetime opportunity to pie face staff including teachers, the home manager and head teacher.
Other activities included making a photo booth that they made full use of in the afternoon and later on in the day, staff from the home came over to enjoy tea, coffee and cake.
The day was enjoyed by everyone and all together raised £51.
The day at Oversands was bursting with activities starting with staff hosting different workshops including well-being, stigma and support, supporting others and recognising that’s it ok to not be ok and there’s always someone to help.
In the afternoon there was an emphasis on the importance of enjoying activities as pupils enjoyed an array of them, such as lyric writing, wellbeing, football, cooking and art. To round off the day, everyone came together in the hall to enjoy cupcakes, an opportunity to chill and chat.
The day was a great success and opened up the all-important conversation on mental health.
At the beginning of the week, pupils and staff took part in a whole school assembly led by Therapist, Phil who shared experiences and strategies to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
The school’s Positive Mental Health Group planned a day full of fun activities, including emotion stickers worn by pupils and staff. In the morning, classes painted stones expressing their feelings and these were then placed around the school’s outdoor learning area.
Parents got involved by donating prizes all in line with the yellow theme for the raffle and a fantastic yellow cake was baked by Teaching Assistant, Nicky which was won by a Key Stage 3 pupil. The day’s event resulted in the school raising £150.
A big well done to everyone for raising money and awareness on the importance of mental health.