Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2019 from 13 – 19 May. Here at St. Stephen's we concentrate on preserving mental health every week and there are a number of activities we do on an ongoing basis that support this.
In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.
In February, we celebrated Children's Mental Health Week by hosting our own Wellbeing Week. This included yoga sessions for all classes, Daisy the dog visited to show how animals can improve mental health. Parents came in to talk to children about exercise and mental health and we ran competitions to come up with inspirational posters and quotes.
Since then we've had mental health and mindfulness lessons as part of PSHE. Mindfulness also takes place everyday across the school. There is the Daily Mile, aimed at blowing away those cobwebs each morning to balance mind and body, in addition to our new Friday Running Club.
Our assemblies often have wellbeing and mental health themes and messages focused on taking care of ourselves and each other. We also ran a Zones of Regulation training session for both staff and parents.
Our motivation is clear - happy children turn into happy adults.
We will always do all we can to support this.