Taunton School students took part in a number of commemorative activities to recognise World Mental Health Day at the school. The event, which fell on Sunday 10th October 2021, is organised by the Mental Health Foundation and encourages society to stop, think and talk about our mental health.
The school’s activities, which were organised by Head of Psychology Vivien Mico, involved thoughtful discussion and a chance to be creative. Students wore yellow to acknowledge the day and remind each other to be kind and thoughtful, Psychology lessons went off-timetable to share self-care techniques and team games were played at lunchtime to encourage a break from school work. A display was also erected outside the Psychology department, called ‘Stop and Smell the Flowers’, where students were encouraged to include their own drawings.
At Taunton, representatives from each house are also re-establishing the Mental Health Society, which will meet weekly to talk about the issues around mental health in Taunton School, discuss how we can raise awareness and challenge stigmas, support campaigns and prepare a Head’s Assembly to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week in February 2022.
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.Categories: News Preparatory Senior Sixth Form