Children’s Mental Health Week saw children ‘Find their Brave’ and celebrate their individuality with a ‘Funky Hat Day’.
Place2Be, the national Charity that Swanbourne is delighted to support, are the initiators of Children’s Mental Health Week. The week aims to raise awareness and highlight the importance of mental health help in and out of schools. Place2Be focuses it’s efforts on providing mental health services for schools using a therapeutic approach, from counselling to advice and support for both children and staff.
This week Swanbourne children, from 3 – 13 years, got involved in showcasing a time where they had to ‘Find their Brave’, there were some brilliant stories, pictures and objects used to tell each child’s triumph. We heard about children overcoming fears of roller coasters, heights and spiders, as well as those who chose to fight their fear of presenting through poetry recitals and speaking about their recent sporting achievements. We were immensely proud of how open and honest the children were about things that they needed to be brave to conquer, well done to all the children for being supportive and so understanding about the importance of positive mental health.
“Life often throws challenges our way. Bravery isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself. We all have times when we need to Find our Brave.”
Funky Hat Day
On Friday, all children were invited to wear some sort of headgear in celebration of their own individuality and to show that it’s ok not to fit in and be different! There was a fantastic display of all sorts of head accessories, from wigs to hats.
“Mental health is responsible for an increasing epidemic of harm to our youngest members of society. The damage in later life can be life-limiting, life-threatening, irreparable and lead to further generations experiencing the same. For those who are lucky, help is found. For those who are less lucky, they suffer and the consequences are incomprehensible. The UK is currently looking at over 772,000 individuals with mental health problems and schools feel that they are not equipped to provide support. 772,000 is a number greater than the entire population of Leeds or 61 times the full capacity of Wembley Arena.”
Therefore, as a school, Swanbourne House School is determined to provide support for the mental health and mental well-being of our children, to put every child first and recognise that the mental health and well-being of children is as high as academic achievement and good physical health. Without a greater emphasis on ensuring that the children are mentally well and resilient, life outcomes for them may be limited, regardless of how well they do academically.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness week is just the start for us at Swanbourne House School. This week will give the children an opportunity to ‘Find My Brave’ and to take part in ‘Funky Hat Friday.’ Both are designed to give the children confidence and to help them to understand that being different is good and it will hopefully instil a positive sense of self into them. We also have our ‘Blue Sky Champions,’ who are children dedicated to helping their peers and over the next few months we will be looking to support the children further by providing workshops on mental health and how we, at Swanbourne House School, can support their mental health and well-being.”
Mr Steve Bowen, Director of Pastoral Care