October - #GoodMentalHealth
In acknowledgement of World Mental Health Day on 10th October we have spent the month looking at how we can help to improve the mental wellbeing of young people and families in our town.
Schools celebrate World Mental Health Day
A number of Cheltenham schools did activities to highlight and raise awareness of the importance of mental and emotional wellbeing. Some schools wore yellow for the day, others thought about the 5 steps to wellbeing and some held special themed assemblies. Well done to all the children who got involved!
NCLBxMHFA collaboration for Cheltenham Schools
NCLB have been working with MHFA England to develop a brand new, bespoke training package for pupils from Cheltenham's secondary schools. This never-before-taught package aims to upskill a cohort of young people to act as Mental Health Champions, providing support and signposting to their peers and helping to build a stigma-free and non-judgemental ethos within their school.
Bournside school were the first to receive this training and NCLB were thoroughly impressed with how passionate and knowledgable the group were about MH issues - we think they're going to go on to do great things!
NCLB also thought about the resources that would be available to these new school champions! NCLB, with help and support from partners, will be ensuring that each participating school library is stocked with the Reading Agency booklist for Young People's mental Health. The booklist, made up of a mixture of non-fiction, fiction and educational books, covers a range of MH issues including anxiety, autism, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, exam stress, body issues and self harm. The champions will be able to use these books to help their classmates develop their understanding of common mental health concerns.