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Up, up and away at Rainford High’s mental health event

Article date - 07 July 2017

Students and staff at Rainford High have taken part in a week-long programme of activities and events to promote good mental health and wellbeing, to mark Mental Health Week.
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The week saw numerous activities such as sports, Lego therapy, therapy dogs, staff health checks, mindfulness sessions, arts and crafts, baking, a sensory room, an outdoor tent to provide a relaxing area for staff and positive broadcasts over the school’s radio station – as part of the school’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Services such as CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Barnardo’s and Healthy Living hosted a marketplace where students and staff could find out what support is available.

Today (Friday) saw students release balloons with personalised messages attached, as a symbolic way of letting go of their worries. Students also donated food items during an own-clothes day, in support of the local food bank.

Ian Young, Principal of Rainford High said: “As a school we have been developing a proactive approach towards mental health and wellbeing for the last couple of years. Being part of the emotionally healthy schools project has supported the change in the way students and staff look at their own and each other’s mental health and how everyone can support each other.

“This week has allowed us to show students and staff the simple and fun things that can be built into our everyday lives to boost our wellbeing. The commitment of the team to deliver the week has been brilliant and has seen all parts of the school pull together. The Mental Health Week is the final event of an ongoing programme that is working towards making our school a great place to work and study.”

For more information about the emotionally healthy schools project, please contact Julie Dunning by emailing publichealth@sthelens.gov.uk.