International students discuss communication in mental health-themed assembly

Posted: 7th May 2021

As part of Taunton School International’s student-led assemblies, students encouraged their peers to keep in touch with their loved ones during a mental health-themed presentation.

With interactive elements including turning to the student on the right to ask how they are and taking out their phones to send a message to a forgotten friend, the pupils were encouraged to check in with their friends and loved ones who may be struggling with their mental health.

The presentation featured clips from UK radio host Roman Kemp’s documentary ‘Our Silent Emergency’ which inspired students to ‘ask twice’ when asking a friend how they are. The insightful documentary, which aired on BBC Three, is now used in schools as part of the PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) curriculum.

Taunton School’s PSHE programme is an integral part of the curriculum and embedded in the ethos of the school. The aim is to help students live fulfilled and happy lives, to understand the difference between right and wrong and to develop the skills to make those judgements. An experienced team of PSHE teachers deliver the curriculum in an age appropriate way to meet the needs of our students.

Students are encouraged to speak to a member of staff or the school’s medical team, who are accessible 24 hours a day, when seeking support for maintaining and promoting good mental health. In addition, every member of teaching staff is a trained member of Mental Health First Aid.

Find out more about Pastoral Care and PSHE at Taunton School here.

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