Mental Health Awareness Week – 10th – 16th May 2021
Did you know that:
- 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.
- 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.
- A person’s mental health diagnosis may change several times during their life.
Here at Co-op Academy Walkden, we are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week. We believe that we can get our students talking about mental health by supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, encouraging them to seek support where needed.
The theme for this year is ‘nature.’ This theme is set nationally by the Mental Health Awareness Week charity. Nature can play a big part in supporting better mental health. The warm spring sun and the easing of lockdown are certainly lifting the mood of the nation. Being outdoors, doing exercise, and working with animals can also help to lift moods.
Here are a number of things that Mind.org.uk suggest you can do to support your mental health through connecting with nature: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/nature-and-mental-health/ideas-to-try-in-nature/
Mental Health at Co-op Academy Walkden
In February, Co-op Academies Trust and Mind teamed up together to survey you and your child about mental health. Co-op Academies Trust wants to support better mental health in their communities, and this was the first step.
We are pleased to say that the survey results for Co-op Academy Walkden were positive, with students, staff, and parents saying:
- The Academy values and prioritises good mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the community.
- The Academy promotes inclusion and diversity amongst both pupils and staff.
Further, staff feel confident that they know what they should be doing to support mental health and wellbeing, and students are very positive about mental health in others, with very little negativity or stigma in the Academy.
We feel, at Walkden, that we provide good support for Mental Health. We currently offer information and support for students via the:
- Social media
- Pastoral Team
- Positive extra-curricular activities
- School Nurse
- PASS survey
- Behavioural training and work on building relationships
Support for students can come in a variety of forms, such as:
- Mentoring and specialised programmes
- School counselling (3 days/week)
- Early Help assessments
- Small group work with specialist HLTA
- Outreach work from the Inclusion Centre
- Additional Educational Psychology time
- Mental health risk assessment
- Social Worker intervention
- Time out cards
- Peer mentoring
If you are worried about your child’s mental health and want more support, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The first point of contact would be your child’s Head of Year who you can email at email@example.com.
External support for students and young people
Kooth: online mental wellbeing community. Access free, safe, and anonymous support.
Shout: Shout 85258 is the UK’s first free, confidential, 24/7 text support service. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and need mental health support.
NHS mental health
What are we doing to support Mental Health Awareness Week?
Here at Co-op Academy Walkden, we are offering a range of activities for students to get involved in as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
We have three competitions which will be launched throughout the week, with the chance for our students to win Co-op vouchers. These activities include:
Monday – Start exercising for 30 minutes each day outside. It could be a walk home, a run in your local park, a bike ride after tea. Log their activity to be in with a chance to win a Co-op voucher, using this Google Form.
Wednesday – Get your child to take a photo of the beautiful nature around them! Encourage them to share it, and tag us in to be in with a chance of winning a Co-op voucher. If your child does not have social media, you can send it to us via email at walkden.coopacademies.co.uk.
Friday – Get creative! We want them to take social action with a poem, a speech, or a piece of artwork around the theme of mental health and nature. They can log their creative entry using this Google Form.
More information about each competition or challenge will be released via Instagram, and students can tag us on social media or email their entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As well as the three competitions, students will be having an assembly, delivered in form time. The presentation will cover an introduction to Mental Health Awareness Week, our Support at Walkden, and how to get involved in supporting Mental Health Awareness Week.
Our social media will also be brimming over with activities, quizzes and information. We are taking our awareness campaigns on to Instagram stories, in the main, so keep checking back every 24 hours to find something new to try out and encourage your child to get involved too!