To raise awareness of Mental Health and Wellbeing month in May, all Year 8 students were involved in the YNOT Aspire ‘Know Stigma’ Citizenship day.
Students had an opportunity to promote positive attitudes and to learn about effective strategies to support mental health concerns.
The day involved workshops from:
- Brook who will be delivered workshops around body image.
- Hyndburn Leisure Trust who explored the link between physical activity and positive mental health and wellbeing.
- Accrington Stanley Community Trust focused on the importance of talking and communication with an active engaging session.
Assistant Headteacher Mrs Ali said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and felt they had greatly benefited from the wealth of experience. All the sessions were active and extremely engaging.”
The theme continued with whole school assemblies to highlight the three main charities Rhyddings is supporting. Lancashire Minds, YoungMinds and the Mental Health Foundation.
Lancashire Minds and YoungMinds offer direct advice and support for young people, parents and all members of our community. Both charities are confidential and independent from school.
Mental Health Foundation is an independent charity with effective mental health strategies for adults.
In June, all students in Years 7-10 are involved in Health and Well-being mornings, the aim is to focus on the positive impact of physical health and to explore how diet and nutrition effects the body.
Students have opportunities to discuss the characteristics of realistic positive role models from social media and reflect on self-esteem through different body images. All students will discuss issues and facts surrounding sexual health and explore local services available.
Through the varied PSHE and cross-curricular Citizenship curriculum, emotional, physical and mental health wellbeing remains a priority for all our students.