14th – 20th May is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. With a focus on achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools, this year at Bethany School we are doing more to highlight the importance of monitoring our own mental health and wellbeing, as well as promoting openness around mental health issues.
To support this initiative, a group of School Prefects will be visiting Year 7, 8 and 9 tutor groups to raise awareness of mental health issues and also to ensure that pupils know who they can approach for support. Like many schools, Bethany has a counselling service for pupils that can be accessed confidentially through the Medical Centre, and there are also other people within the School community who can help.
One focus for Mental Health Awareness Week at Bethany is challenging the view that if we are not “happy” we are sad or depressed. To encourage pupils to develop an awareness of the wide range of emotions they may experience, we will be launching a ‘mood barometer’ in which a range of emotions are identified. This is a tool that families might also find helpful to use at home to help pupils express how they are feeling.