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SCHOOLS HELP LAUNCH NEW MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY

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SCHOOLS HELP LAUNCH NEW MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY

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NEW MENTAL HEALTH WELL BEING STRATEGY LAUNCHED

SCHOOLS in the Blythe Bridge area have been part of a new partnership with health services to examine mental health provision for children and young people.
A new mental health wellbeing strategy has been launched as part of the partnership between North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and schools across Stoke-on-Trent.
Staff from the Trust’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in schools team have been working closely with a number of primary, special and independent schools including the Portland School and Specialist College in Blythe Bridge and the Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College in Meir.
The strategy has been developed from a policy first developed by mental health ambassador and educator Dr Pooky Knightsmith, with each of the schools involved in adapting it in line with their own plans.
It was launched at each of the schools on the same day, with a range of activities held to promote mental health and wellbeing.
Relaxation sessions were held at Portland School and Specialist College, including hand massages, meditation and mindfulness. Pupils also created a logo for the new policy out of clay.
Abbey Hill School in Meir, held a competition for students to design a leaf representing one of the five areas of wellbeing – connect, be active, learn, take notice and give.
The best three leaves from each of these categories were then awarded a certificate by headteacher Ricky Porter.
Team leader for CAMHS in schools, Julia Ford, said: “It was fantastic that staff and pupils across all of the schools we work with got involved so enthusiastically in the launch of the strategy by holding so many innovative and fun-filled activities.
“It’s important to talk openly about mental health in the same way as we do about physical health and the strategy enables each school to more effectively do this.
“We will continue to work in close partnership with the schools and I thank them for their hard work and strong support in helping to launch the strategy.”

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