On Thursday 8th October John Hanson Community School teamed up with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHs) to promote World Mental Health Day, with a ‘Steps for Wellbeing’ Day.

A total of 78 girls and boys  took part in five sessions, run by CAMHs professionals and school staff, looking at managing and supporting their own wellbeing. Sessions included understanding anxiety and worry, learning how to be ‘Present, Open Up and Do What Matters’, a guided journey using imagination to discover your ‘power animal’, a creative clay therapy session, and the power of exercise in feeling good – all students took part in a dog walk enjoying the sunshine!

Kim Hide (Assistant Headteacher) said “ At John Hanson School we strongly believe that the wellbeing of our students is of paramount importance and we were delighted to join together with CAMHs today to promote the importance of looking after yourself, and how to respond to the emotions that teenagers experience. We want our students to leave us equipped to deal with the challenges that life brings with positivity and resilience”.

Anne Claire Whiteside (CAMHs) said “it has been valuable to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with school staff in a preventative approach to wellbeing. We look forward to building on this initiative”.

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