Celebrating a mental health milestone

More than 60 schools have signed up to a County Council initiative helping them promote and protect mental health and wellbeing.

A special celebration has taken place to mark the milestone, looking back on the first year of Somerset Wellbeing Framework which helps schools develop an approach which goes beyond the classroom, touching on all aspects of school life from exploring relationships to lifestyle – diet, activity and sleep.

The all-day celebration held in South Petherton included:

·         Young people talking about their roles as Wellbeing Champions, supporting mental health in schools

·         Involving parents

·         Examples of good practice led by staff and pupils

·         Achievements

·         Staff wellbeing and development

·         An overview of mental health in schools

·         And congratulations and awards

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health at Somerset County Council, said: “I was delighted to join the celebration and awards to mark the end of the Framework’s first year.  It is so positive that so many schools have signed up to the Framework and can now support each other through our Wellbeing Community network.

“I hope that more schools will be inspired to take part. It is well known that a child’s emotional health and wellbeing is so important to their development, learning and physical and social health.”

The Somerset Wellbeing Framework was developed by Public Health in partnership with colleagues in schools, health, Education Psychology, CAMHS, SASH, SAPHOTO, SENSE, Somerset Youth Parliament and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum.

For more information about signing up to the Wellbeing Framework, click http://www.cypsomersethealth.org

For wellbeing and mental health advice and support, click https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/ and if you are a parent or carer and need advice, please click https://www.cypsomersethealth.org/parent_and_carer_toolkit.

Ends

Attached is photo of pupils from Huish Primary School in Yeovil with Cllr Lawrence (right) and Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Public Health Director. The school achieved a Somerset Wellbeing Framework award for developing a sense of Belonging in their setting. Developing a sense of Belonging is one of the pillars of wellbeing that underpin good mental health for children and young people.

Also attached is a general view of the event.

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