Supporting students’ wellbeing: Mental Health

75% of mental illnesses start before a young person reaches their 18th birthday

The rise of mental health problems affecting pupils has hit a significant high, with more young people than ever experiencing burnout, anxiety and depression.

With 75%* of young people having to wait to receive treatment for complex mental health issues, and with pupils with depression and anxiety not always being given timely help, Heathrow UTC realises the importance of speaking to students about this epidemic.

As part of the UTC’s wellbeing workshops, Heathrow UTC partnered up with Mental Health charity, Mind to run a one day session with Year 10 students.

The workshop focussed on the different forms of mental health such as anxiety, depression and self-harm, giving students information on what each are, the signs, and what support is available to them.

A representative from Mind shared her own personal experiences of mental health and discussed how she dealt with those issues. Assistant Head of KS4, Learning and Behaviour Mentor and Mental Health First Aider at Heathrow UTC, Gemma Gardiner, said: “the students took a lot away from this session. Listening to someone speak about their own experience of this and how they pulled through was very powerful to hear. They were also really surprised to hear what celebrities are living with mental health conditions, which opened their eyes to the subject. It is important to teach them that it is OK not to be OK.”

Heathrow UTC hopes to run another mental health session later this year.

The next topic in our wellbeing series is…Mentoring via non-contact boxing

 

*Source: https://www.theguardian.com/mental-health-research-matters/2017/jan/20/12-statistics-to-get-you-thinking-about-mental-health-in-young-people