06 November 2013

Mental health awareness in schools

AWP healthcare practitioner Chris Blears organised a successful mental health awarenesss session for year 11 students at the Priory Community School in Weston-super-Mare.

The session, which was designed by Chris and held last month, was run by Primary Care Liaison nurses Rebecca Auton and Sarah Oakwood and also Peter Crosbie-Hill from the Intensive Support team.

A quiz on celebrities who have all experienced MH problems proved a useful way of addressing the stigma towards mental illness and discussing different types of mental health problems.

Multiple choice questions about the causes and incidence of mental health problems provoked many questions such as why are men are four times more likely to commit suicide? And there was surprise that children as young as three have been treated for anorexia. Students then created some posters on topics such as 'What are life stressors?'and 'Where to get support'.

Julie Finlayson PSHCE Lead Teacher said, "The event was a great success and Rebecca and her colleagues did really well- especially as some groups were quite lively!"

Chris's commitment to challenging mental health stigma continues. "I really think this should be done in all schools, and not just for year 11's, and this is something I will be looking into taking forward."

For more information, contact christopher.blears@nhs.net   

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