HeadStarters get involved in National Health Campaigns
Mental Health Awareness Week
It was a very busy week with our HeadStarters getting involved in The Mental Health Foundations national mental health awareness week campaign.
This year’s theme was around anxiety, and many of our groups shared what makes them anxious and how they cope and use self-care techniques to overcome their feelings.
Lots of fantastic discussions allowed peer-to-peer support, recognising what triggers anxiety and sharing what they do to cope and overcome their anxiety.
‘I have overcome anxiety, by talking to my trusted parents and friends about problems that make me upset’ – Bow Yr 5 HeadStarter
‘I have been anxious before so my story is about a party It was my cousin’s birthday party and there was a lot of people I didn't know there but in the end I asked my cousin to help me get to know them and play with them and I didn’t feel anxious anymore – April Yr 5 HeadStarter
During the week our Headstarters were also learning about their peer mentoring roles for the silver award which really worked well linking the topic of anxiety and how having more awareness around that feeling or how to deal with certain situations could enable their roles to be more effective in supporting themselves and their whole school community.
Many of our Tuff Tees groups have been working on identifying their emotions and how effective positive mindset can be for their wellbeing and also sharing how anxiety effects them.
Most of the groups shared their feelings around anxiety through short statements on what gives them anxiety and how they use physical activity and gaming to help them feel better.
Many Tuff Tees pupils showed a lot of resilience and support to each other during the sessions. ‘I’ve just finished my SAT’s with every test that went by I used to forget about it and play games to
help my anxiety – Toby Yr6
‘I played football to overcome anxiety, it made me feel better’ – Harley Yr6
Please check out our YouTube channel to listen to more of our HeadStarters interviews around the week’s theme.
Published: June 11