Online school mental health event reaches 4,000 students and staff | News

Creating a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing in schools was the theme which 3,800 pupils and over 200 staff from 100 primary and secondary schools across North Yorkshire took part in yesterday (April 7) online interactive event.

Welcoming schools to the online event organized by our Healthy Schools programme, Louise Wallace, Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire, said: ‘It is fantastic that so many schools from across our county have signed up to take part. to this Healthy Schools online event, which focuses on the important issue of emotional health and well-being of children and young people.

“Learning to work together in school and put in place strategies to help students and staff who may need extra support or someone to talk to is essential for a happy and healthy school.”

Students participated in interactive online workshops broadcast live to their classrooms across the county. These explored the themes of:

  • the importance of being kind;
  • learn more about being champions of student well-being;
  • how to be true to you; and
  • how emotions are generated.

Workshops and speakers were organized by local organizations that support the Healthy Schools Prize, including North Yorkshire Sport, Compass Phoenix and Emotion Switch. Students also heard from James Kirton, who coaches athletes to help them overcome challenges and setbacks.

To close out the event, students participated in a live vote on important issues around emotional health and well-being to help the Healthy Schools team understand their perspective and plan future actions.

Some of the questions followed responses from the Growing Up in North Yorkshire survey, which more than 250 schools in the county completed. More than 16,000 pupils responded to the latest survey, indicating whether they are supported at school on issues such as bullying and healthy eating and whether they are concerned about issues such as Covid and climate change .

The results of the Growing Up in North Yorkshire survey are shared with schools and organizations to inform practice and the development of projects and resources to support children and young people. Schools will participate in this year’s survey in May.

North Yorkshire County Council schools and academies can sign up for the Healthy Schools survey and program free of charge, as it is funded by the Public Health Grant. Private and out-of-county schools can join Healthy Schools for an annual fee. A new Healthy Early Years award has recently launched and is available free of charge to all early years settings in North Yorkshire, including childminders.

For more information send an e-mail [email protected] or register to participate online.

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