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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health day took place on 10th October 2020. The theme this year was “mental health for all”. As a school, we have focused on returning to school following lockdown and supporting students with this. The pastoral teams have focused on highlighting the concerns that we are all facing and how to develop their resilience in this time of continual change.

At a time when the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has placed an enormous strain on the fabric of our society the emphasis on encouraging kindness could not be any more relevant. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and it underpins our mental health.

Kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. Research shows that kindness is an remedy to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It reduces stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can help us to establish a positive sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism. As a school, this is what we are encouraging all students to show kindness and support each other.

As a school, there has been a significant increase in the capacity to support students with mental health concerns. Please see this link for further support and do contact your child’s Pastoral Leader should you have any concerns.