On 5 July, the student services team and Ms Bowling (Head of Year 11/Head of Parental Engagement) welcomed parents and carers to the Academy for a Wellbeing Evening. The event gave parents and carers the opportunity to look at and discuss the wellbeing of our young people. The evening included the following presentations:
- Understanding young people’s mental health & wellbeing (Laura Windebank, Academy Counsellor)
- Mental and physical health (Catherine Carroll, Academy Nurse)
- The internet and parenting (Juma Woodhouse, Family Support Worker)
Parents and carers were then invited to an open discussion session where they could meet the team and ask any questions they might have about wellbeing.
We talked about:
- How we all have mental health the same as we have physical health
- Our mental health is the way we think, feel and behave
- It is not the same as having a mental health issue
- Some people are diagnosed with a mental health issue e.g. schizophrenia, anxiety or an eating disorder
- Emotional health is not the same as being happy all the time. It is about your sense of wellbeing, of feeling ok and able to cope with all the different things life throws at you
- You don’t need to be an expert to talk about mental health
- Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult and can make a big difference
At the end of the evening, there was the chance to collect some free goodies from Time to Change, like the handy shopping trolley token conversation starter!
We know mental health problems are more common than many people think – one in ten young people will experience mental health problems by the age of 16. That is why we think that it is important to be more open about mental health. We can help people know they’re not alone, and start to take the stigma out of something that affects us all.
That is why we support the Time to Change campaign at Skinners’ Academy. Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.
For more information go to:
Young Minds www.youngminds.org.uk
Mental Health Foundation www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Time to Change www.time-to-change.org.uk