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World Mental Health Day 10th October

GCSE Citizenship Students take over our blog this time to discuss mental health

Click here to go to World Mental Health Day resources for advice and guidance

As part of our citizenship project, we were asked to complete an action to help solve something in our local community.

We decided to tackle an issue that is not often spoken about despite its huge impact on everyone. In recent years, mental health has become a growing issue with it being seen predominantly negatively within school due to bullying, exam stress and social media. This has taken its toll on many students across the UK, including within Bradfield school.

As a way to prevent more cases of mental health within school, we have decided to hold a non-uniform day for a mental health charity Young Minds in order to raise awareness for mental health in young people and to encourage them to reach out before this issue deepens. Also, to raise money in the hopes of helping the charity help mental health within the local community.

The non-school uniform day will be held on October 20th, and we would strongly encourage students to come dressed in autumnal colours (oranges, browns etc) as a way to show their support for the cause. We are talking about this with students in assemblies this week.

 Students/parents or carers would be advised to pay £1 to donate to Young Minds, which can be done through Parent Pay : any donations would be greatly appreciated as it would help us to achieve our goal of helping mental health improve.

We really recommend talking to mental health charities if you are struggling with anxiety or depression or any mental health and well-being concerns. They can help you begin to understand and improve your mental health, by providing you with advice and resources that are trusted by professionals.

Examples of a wide range of support services to support students' mental health and well-being can be found on pages 12-13 of the student planner, with QR codes to scan.

Thank you for your support.

Esme and Harry

Year 11 students