12 Oct

Pupils champion new mental health campaign

Pupils champion new mental health campaign

Research shows three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition, and over 80,000 young people are severely depressed nationally. Recently it was revealed that a quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14 across the UK. To help combat this, and to mark World Mental Health Day, Rotherham Council and NHS partners launched a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of young people’s mental health. Called STILL (Stop Think, take Interest, Listen and live Life), the campaign which was developed with young people, asks youngsters to take time to think about their mental health and that of their peers.

Alongside this pupils across Rotherham wore yellow as part of the #HelloYellow campaign run by Young Minds charity, which champions the well-being and mental health of young people across the country. Many also stayed ‘still’ for a minute at 9.15am to encourage pupils to think about mental health.

The campaign is being rolled out across all schools from Year 6 upwards with resources like pocket reminder cards to help children and young people to think about themselves and each other.

At Oakwood, we have identified mental health champions as part of the awareness raising campaign. Headteacher David Naisbitt said: “We take our pupils well-being extremely seriously. Mental health issues can stop pupils being able to reach their potential so ignoring it is not an option. That is why we have identified pupils as mental health champions. Their role is to be available for other young people to turn to when they need someone to confide in. Often children tell each other things they wouldn’t tell an adult, which can be for a number of reasons. So we want to give them every opportunity to get help if they need it.”

Pictured are our pupils who are health champions. To view more pictures, please click here.