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
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."
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