Trust joins forces with the Mental Health Foundation this Mental Health Awareness Week
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (15 to 21 May 2023) we’ve joined forces with the Mental Health Foundation to create a national guide for secondary schools across the country.
Created with teaching, support and pastoral staff across the Trust, the guide focuses on sharing top tips from our staff on how they support themselves, colleagues and students with feelings of anxiety. The guide also has lots of useful resources, support information and classroom activities.
Andy Goulty, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “It was great to welcome the Mental Health Foundation to our Trust-wide staff training day earlier this year, where they hosted sessions with staff to further open conversations around mental health and wellbeing.
“As a Trust, we prioritise staff and student wellbeing, and we hope this guide is useful for other secondary schools across the country.”
Organised nationally by the Mental Health Foundation, the week focuses on bringing the UK together to focus on achieving good mental health, tackling stigma and providing people with the information and tools to understand and prioritise their own mental health.
Zoe Lonergan, Events and Community Manager at the Mental Health Foundation, said: “It was great working with the Trust earlier this year, and we are thrilled to be sharing their inspiring pieces of advice, which we know will help other school staff.
“Anxiety is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year. It’s so important to support young people to recognise when they are feeling anxious, understanding these thoughts and feelings and identifying what helps to manage it.
“We hope the Schools Anxiety Booklet will provide support for pupils, school staff, parents and carers.”
Download and read the new guide at: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/2023-02/MHF-wear-it-green-day-2023-anxiety-booklet.pdf.