Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 9 – 15 May.  Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation annually, the focus for this year’s campaign is Loneliness.

Greg James, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, has been working with others within the school and pulling together a whole programme of activities to involve and engage pupils on this important issue.

An important highlight of the week is Sleep Week at The Manor.  Getting a good nights’ sleep has so many benefits.  It builds better concentration, aids creativity, helps you make better decisions, reduces focus on negative things and builds a stronger immune system. 

Through the week pupils at the Manor will enjoy a series of evening activities designed to help with sleep, including a film night, mindfulness colouring, meditation, yoga, reading a book at bedtime and plenty of hot chocolate!

Further activities happening this week throughout the school include:

·       A Mental Health First Aider ‘Treasure Hunt’ – open to everyone and prizes will be awarded!

·       Art/Poetry/Photography competition – on the theme of ‘loneliness’ - open to everyone

·       Sixth Form Boarders Pub Quiz 

·       Lower School, Fourth and Fifth Form quiz

·       A series of screenings from the Teen Tips Wellbeing Hub Tour 

·       MIND presentation

·       Counsellor Meet and Greet – an opportunity for an informal meeting with Counsellor Ruth Allen

·       Mufti Day – wear something green for Mental Health Awareness

·       Wellbeing Skills for Life and Duke of Edinburgh launch

·       Mental health spectrum activity session

We have a team of fantastic staff and counsellors here at Dauntsey’s and we need to make it easy for anyone who is struggling to ask for and receive help.  It takes courage to admit you have a problem and Mental Health Week is designed to educate and inform everyone about recognising the signs and encouraging them to seek support.  We want all our students - and staff - to realise that it’s OK not to be OK.