Promoting positive Mental Health in Peterborough Schools

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Staff and sixth form students from Jack Hunt School, Ken Stimpson Community College, Stanground Academy and Nene Park Academy came together in October with CPSL Mind to gain training and insight  into the StessLess programme.

The StressLess Programme is a campaign run by Mind. It aims to embed ‘StressLess Mental Health Ambassadors’ in all schools across the region who will promote awareness of the importance of preserving your mental health at challenging times during the school year. Challenging times could include exam time and when choices around options and progression post 16 and 18 need to be made.

The programme was successfully piloted at Nene Park Academy in the 2017/18 academic year. This training is the first step to establishing the programme to a wider range of schools in Peterborough. In collaboration with schools and CPSL mind, staff working to deliver the Take Your Place project will spend the remainder of the academic year supporting schools to embed the programme.

By July 2019, schools will have a student led ‘mental health ambassador’ scheme. They will have attended conferences, taken part in community mental health awareness initiatives, visited Peterborough Libraries Shelf Help initiative and will have delivered a series of workshops, assemblies and other activities in their school to their fellow students, all in support of positive mental health!