Note to self: It's okay to not be okay

Jo Lane

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and supporting the #HelloYellow campaign is an effective way to raise awareness of this subject amongst pupils of all ages. But anyone feeling ‘not ok’ should ask for help.

 

Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and supporting the #HelloYellow campaign is an effective way to raise awareness of this subject amongst pupils of all ages.

I work in a secondary, all boys’ school, and as staff we are all conscious of the need to raise the topic of mental health with all our pupils and there is a very good reason for this.

The media room is named after a young man who took his own life, aged 17 in 2014, and this is a stark reminder of the need to talk about mental health within the school environment.

The statistics of male suicide are worrying. In the UK, suicide is the highest cause of death among men under the age 45.


Male rates are higher than female suicide rates, and one reason for this is that men are less likely to ask for help or express depressive or suicidal feelings.

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We need to encourage young people to talk about their feelings, which is the reason the #HelloYellow campaign was launched in 2017.

Organised by mental health charity, Young Minds, their mission is to, “make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges”


Last year in school I decided to get staff on board and make a video to support #HelloYellow.

Now we certainly won’t win an Oscar for this performance, however I’m quite proud of the message we delivered to all our pupils in assembly, and we’ve decided to show this video again on Wednesday.

If you’d like to check it out and maybe even share it, please feel free:


For further information on Young Minds and #HellowYellow check out the website here. 

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