Today marks the first day of Children’s Mental Health Week, and Tregoze Primary School is taking the opportunity to educate pupils on mental health. Along with providing excellent support, we believe that teaching children about the effects of mental health problems is a great way to remove the stigma and create a caring and encouraging environment.
The first ever Children’s Mental Health Week took place in 2015. It was created and launched by Place2Be, the UK’s largest children’s mental health charity, to “support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing”.
The need for focus on children’s mental health is backed up by some alarming statistics. 75% of mental illnesses start during childhood, and 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15. What’s more, at least 50% of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed, which often leads to them suffering in silence and not receiving the support they need.
At Tregoze Primary School, we have provisions in place to support pupils experiencing mental health problems and always encourage them to seek help when they need it.
We are raising awareness this week by having a 'finding our brave' assembly, an initiative from the charity Place2Be. We are also having show and tell sessions in our classes to share moments where we have had to do something that involved finding our brave.
Mrs Sahota, our PSHE Coordinator, said: "We are looking forward to taking this opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health and celebrating the great work we already do in our school towards this".
The health and wellbeing of our students is our utmost priority, and we always take matters of mental health seriously. We want our students to know that we are always available to discuss any problems they are facing, and that all the support they need will be provided.