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Posted on October 9th 2020
#HelloYellow - Mental Health Awareness at HBAED
This week as an Academy we have been committed to raising awareness of the struggles and sometimes hidden issues surrounding Mental Health.
Adolescence is a time when many young people face pressures and stresses. At present these have been further enhanced, for some, by the climate crisis and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19.
Therefore, as a group of teachers and students, and as a school, it is imperative that we acknowledge the benefits of being open and supporting one another.
With this in mind, we are embracing the charity Young Minds and joining them on their campaign #HelloYellow to shed further light and normalise the feelings that our boys could be going through.
Throughout our Wellbeing sessions delivered in lessons all this week students have discussed acts of compassion, support and encouragement. Accepting the weekly challenge to engage with this mantra through their daily school activities in order to foster a safe and secure environment for our boys to attend school in. Ultimately, building a community they feel excited and supported in.
On Friday, all students wore a #HelloYellow sticker and staff too embraced the name, reminding all that as a community we are in this together: working, building and supporting in an open way for all to tackle Mental Health.
- TODAY we ENCOURAGE
- TODAY we SUPPORT
- TODAY we are COMPASSIONATE
Mental Health can impact everyone on different levels. It could be the smallest things to the largest. From feeling lonely or worried about the future – to not feeling the happiness inside anymore and not wanting to face the day.
Teacher of English & Personal Development Coordinator, HBAED
What students say...
“I think mental health is really important and I’m happy that our school have taken the time to talk about it this week in lessons and that we can wear stickers today too. All of this makes me feel safer in school.” Daniils
“I’m glad that our school has allowed us this time to think about our emotions and not only our school work. As boys I feel that it’s important to talk about mental health so that we don’t grow up thinking that boys can't express themselves and have to hide from things going on in their lives. Today and this week I feel more free and open and that I am not alone in how I feel.” Che
“Talking about mental health has helped me as it shows that we are supporting each other. Looking out for one another – so that we don’t hold onto the fears that sometimes plague our minds. Ultimately as a school I think we do well as teachers and staff are always checking in with us, smiling and asking about our days. It’s a great place to be.” Isaiah