Mental Health Awareness Week in schools
The pivotal role of mental health is widely recognised in today’s society, supported by Mental Health Awareness Week every May.
From the second Monday of May each year, the Mental Health Foundation spends a week putting the emphasis on a major issue – for 2019, it’s ‘Body Image’.
How we look and feel about our bodies has a major impact on our mental health, and it is a topic that teachers should embrace from 13th - 19th May.
There is a growing understanding of mental health issues across the world, but that doesn’t stop the need to continually work to raise awareness. In the classroom, this requires plenty of debate and discussion around health topics, so that pupils feel they can confidently talk about issues they might be facing.
Mental Health Awareness Week has existed since 2001 and has tackled a diverse set of issues in the years since, including sleep, stress, loneliness, alcohol and relationships.
Given that body image issues can affect people of all ages, the classroom is a fantastic place to consider the impact of words on others and to spark a conversation over how everyone can be kinder and more inclusive.
It’s important for young people to recognise that every individual is different and teaching staff can play an essential role in making that possible by spreading positive messages.
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