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Thursday 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day. Mental Health can also be known as ‘emotional health’ or your ‘well-being’ and this is as essential as your physical health. There has been a lot of coverage about mental health within the media & this is because mental health issues are very important and very common; it important for us to know exactly what mental health is.
This World Mental Health Day, Konflux Theatre is aiming to raise awareness of well-being in schools and to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health problems. Learning about your emotional health can be extremely helpful when it is learned from a young age. Most people who encounter emotional and mental health problems can recover from this and/or manage them, particularly if they have received help early on.
Place2Be is a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. Konflux are getting on board with their Children’s Mental Health Week in February with our mental wellness workshops.
Your physical health and mental health coincide; when you look after your body – you’re looking after your mind too! So getting plenty of sleep is crucial for keeping your energy up so you can be active. New research released by Place2Be for Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 (4-10 February) suggests that children with less sleep are more likely to struggle with worries.
Our Play in a Day®, Peace of Mind helps children discuss: what mental health is, emotional triggers, how, who and where to get support, as well as supporting another person with a mental illness. This play in a day is extremely successful in discussing mental health with KS2.
Pupils from a primary in Gloucester expressed that: “I learnt how to deal with mental illness.” (Y5), “I learnt that mental illness affects family members as well as the person who is ill.” (Y6), “Don’t be ashamed that somebody you know has it.” (Y5), “I learnt about neurons in the brain (Y4)".
We are spreading the word within our primary and secondary schools that each of us is different and even though it may be challenging, it is so important to let parents, teachers, friends how you're feeling and that you will always get help!
"Our class feel more at ease talking about mental health and hopefully the mindfulness session will give the class some strategies for dealing with stress. I couldn't recommend these workshops more highly" (Skelton Primary School).