Sir William Borlase's Grammar School

Mental Health Awareness Week - 10-16 May 2021

Borlase embraces Mental Health Awareness Week with theme of 'Nature'

We had a number of exciting activities take place last week to mark Mental Health Awareness Week which is organised and hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally and this year the theme was ‘Nature'.  Evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered that during the lockdowns of this past year. 

To kick start the week, Borlase had an extended Q&A assembly with Dr Lucy Russell from Everlief Child Psychology with questions being set by students for Dr Russell to discuss. In addition, year 7s and 8s had a nature trail competition whilst year 10s experienced some workshops hosted by Bucks Mind.

We are especially proud of our Mental Health Ambassadors in VI Form Group who put together a short film promoting Mental Health Awareness week and the underlying  theme of nature. The film can be viewed on our YouTube channel - 

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Parent and School Staff Mental Health Webinar

There was also the opportunity for parents and staff to participate in a webinar facilitated by Bucks Mind on Monday 17th May.   The informal session included:

*An opportunity to learn about the Peer Support in Schools Service and other services provided by Buckinghamshire Mind
*Discussions around mental health
*Signposting to useful organisations
*A safe space to ask questions
*The opportunity to build support networks with the school and other parents/families