Good Mental Health Matters @ Thomas Aveling
The Good Mental Health campaign (#GMH) aims to help young people and those around them to spot the early signs of stress and support them in dealing with life’s pressures early on, to prevent things from spiralling out of control. Over the summer, the #GMH Experience visited shopping centres across Kent and Medway, giving young people the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone who follows these seven steps and see the positive impact that can be had.
The campaign is now visiting schools to do the same and we were delighted that Thomas Aveling students were able to benefit from this Mental Health Roadshow recently during which students took part in the workshop using virtual reality headsets to learn more about the 7 key strategies to maintain their own mental health.
The #GMH campaign encourages young people to take some simple steps aimed at supporting resilience:
1. Eat well and understand how the impact that nutrition has on mental development.
2. Sleep well to allow the brain time to process the day’s activities and prepare to deal with them again.
3. Take time away from social media as a way of emphasising the difference between reality and what we see online.
4. Get active, to release endorphins (‘feel good’ chemicals) into the brain, and build self-esteem.
5. Channel positive thoughts and understand the impact a positive mental attitude can have on self-confidence.
6. Talk to others and ask for help in dealing with these feeling.
7. Relax and take time to do something enjoyable without feeling guilty.
Ms Raffaella Rosina, our Deputy SENCO says;
“We believe that talking about Mental Health issues should not be perceived as a taboo topic. We want to create a culture at Thomas Aveling School where students openly discuss these issues, ask for help when needed and support each other to overcome everyday difficulties. Our vision is that by the time students leave our school, not only they have achieved success in their GCSE courses but also have developed as emotionally healthy young adults who can cope with everyday life difficulties and have developed empathy and confidence to support others too.”