Spreading mental health awareness

Pupils from nursery up to Year 6 wrote messages of support for people in their local community as part  of Children's Mental Health Week.
The children at North Wingfield Primary & Nursery Academy wrote positive words and uplifting pictures onto paper tags to hang around the village.
Each tag encouraged local residents to take a photo of its location and send it to the school's Twitter account @academy_nwpn in an attempt to 'join together to support children's mental health'.

The idea was the brainchild of Year 5 teacher Miss Knowles who had used the motivational tags in a previous job supporting adults in a care home.
Headteacher Mrs Rachael Peacock said: "We have had lots of positive feedback from the local community and on Twitter and are pleased to hear that the motivational tags, with words of support on from our children, have boosted people's mood and cheered them up."
"We received a lovely card as a thank you for the motivational tags and have had a phone call from a retired teacher who also wanted to thank us."

Pupils chose activities from a 'menu' of ways to express themselves during Children's Mental Health Week, including;
  • making worry dolls
  • setting aside talking time
  • making cards for friends they miss
  • showing random acts of kindness
  • drawing a picture of their happy place
  • creating a happiness playlist

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