Mental Health Awareness WeekPosted on: 10th Dec 2019
In November, St Augustine Academy presented a number of events and activities for Mental Health Awareness Week. The aim was not just to raise awareness of this important issue but also to provide education and to aid the discussion on mental health. In addition, we took the opportunity to raise money for YoungMinds and Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind charities.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us in any year with 50% of problems established by age 14 yet people are often still afraid to talk about it. Four main topics especially relevant to 11-16 year olds were the focus of discussion in Mentor time on each day: ways to wellbeing, body image (with links to social media), bullying & cyber-bullying and finally, coping strategies.
Throughout the week, posters went up around the school with information on mental health and there were leaflets and literature available for students. A ‘positivity wall’ was set up and our TV screens showed the stories of well-known people who have had to deal with mental health issues as well as some coping strategies that can help.
On the last day, there was a non-uniform day with students being asked to wear a yellow item of clothing and staff to don something purple. This was also the day of the cake sale and both of these activities raised a magnificent £1105!
A big ‘congratulations’ goes to Ms Goauder, one of our Science technicians, who planned and organised the whole week of events – well done!