Children ‘Dress to Express’ for Mental Health Week!
During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week, at a time when we have all experienced so much change in our lives, it was the perfect opportunity to discuss the topic of feelings and emotions.
At Reevy Hill Primary, staff prepared a mental health pack for each child to collect. This included a yellow ribbon to symbolise the sense of togetherness of the school community, to remind pupils that their friends and staff at the school are always there for them, even at a time when they had to be apart. Mental Health Champions were also selected from across the school, in recognition for their commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their classmates.
Pupils and staff at Woodside Academy also took part in a ‘Dress to Express’ Day, where everyone was encouraged to wear bright colours to showcase different feelings, with a range of activities and discussions running at school and at home throughout the week.
Kirsty Porter, Headteacher at Woodside Academy, said: “We believe there has never been a more important time to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of our children, to encourage them to speak about how they feel and to find ways to handle their emotions. This is a central part of daily life at Woodside Academy. That’s why Children’s Mental Health Week is a great way to bring a focus to that, and to highlight the range of resources and support that is available for children and their parents.”