Children’s Mental Health Week

The decision to take part in Children’s Mental Health Week was an easy one for Chris Jackson, Deputy Head (Pastoral), at Stroud.  This forms part of an ongoing programme to promote and maintain good mental health. At Stroud we are stepping beyond the standard pastoral cliché of a ‘positive caring environment’ and teaching the children (and staff!) tangible coping mechanisms that promote good mental health and help increase our resilience.

We are probably all more familiar with the symptoms of someone experiencing internal struggle than we think. Shockingly, 1 in 10 children aged 3 to 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue, and 50% of issues established by age 14 continue into adulthood.  From 4th to 8th February, all staff and pupils are taking part in the national Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week, with a range of activities including mindfulness and philosophy, physical exercises such as yoga and tai Chi, and colouring sessions; all designed to relieve stress and build a positive mentality. A talk on positive internal dialogue put the spotlight on happiness, which remains one of the core values at Stroud.