This week at Team Mental Health we have been joined by a year 12 student on work experience. With a particular interest in mental health, wellbeing and sport, he has explored the links between our physical and mental health and how we can promote positive mental health through positive physical health. As someone who is very active and who has had positive experiences through exercise, it is great to hear his own reflections. A students perspective that highlights the important role that staff in education can play to support positive mental health.
This week (14th - 20th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week (Mental Health Foundation, 2018). A time for organisations to reflect on the importance of supporting positive mental health and to consider the impact of mental ill health. It's the perfect opportunity for organisations to commit to taking real and positive action to support positive mental health and to tackle the challenges mental ill health presents.
When the fantastic opportunity for Team Mental Health to talk with Mr Drew Povey came about, we jumped at it! We asked the inspiring headteacher at Educating Greater Manchester school Harrop Fold 5 key questions and are delighted to share his insightful responses!
Understanding the complex needs of our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is integral to being able to effectively support pupils and provide them with a holistic, personalised plan of support.
Mrs Beverley Oldham Associate Principal, Mental Health Officer and SENDCo Discovery Academy
An imperative part of ensuring that our children are truly happy and in a position to be able to achieve their absolute potential, is giving them regular opportunities to share, explore, question and regulate their own feelings and mental health.
Mrs Louise Byrne, Deputy Principal Inspire Academy