An important consideration in school is looking after the Mental Health of both our students and our staff.
‘We all have ‘mental health’: it’s like breathing or blood pressure. Everybody is sad at times, everybody gets moody, everybody has good days, or bad days, or feels anxious before an exam, or devastated by bereavement or divorce, but it’s important to emphasise that these are normal emotional responses.
Sir Simon Wessely (President of the Royal Society of Medicine & Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Kings College, London) states:
“There’s no question that levels of awareness of mental health problems have gone up in the population, but this can sometimes be a two-edged sword. Being able to use social media to seek support, or admit that you feel down, or anxious, or that you have concerns about your sexuality is a good thing, but it is equally important to be able to distinguish between the normal emotions that make us feel human, and the conditions that are clinical and require treatment.”
At William Howard School our aim is to support young people so that they develop into resilient and rounded individuals with the self-awareness to recognise when things are not going well. The work we are doing will also give them self-help strategies so that they take responsibility for their own wellbeing and will know where to go to, should they need to seek further help.