Men­tal health aware

A hugely im­por­tant event to tackle men­tal health is­sues among young peo­ple has taken place in Nor­wich with huge suc­cess

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With a aware­ness about the im­por­tance of ad­dress­ing men­tal health grow­ing, a spe­cial event in Nor­folk has brought to­gether hun­dreds of school chil­dren to tackle some of the key is­sues ef­fect­ing young peo­ple.

Around 500 pupils from schools across the county took part in a unique day of ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cused on men­tal health – from body im­age and self es­teem to per­form­ing un­der pres­sure and how to find healthy ways to deal with dif­fi­cult feel­ings and emo­tions. The event, which was held at and or­gan­ised by the Nor­wich School on July 3, was led by men­tal health spe­cial­ist Natasha Devon and her Self­Es­teem Team, co-founders Na­dia Mendoza and Grace Bar­rett.

Dur­ing the event, year 9 pupils from Jane Austen Col­lege, in Nor­wich, Ho­bart High School in Lod­don, Fram­ing­ham Earl High School and Nor­wich School took part in a range of in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions

Event or­gan­iser and Nor­wich School’s act­ing deputy head Ni­cola Hill said that it is im­por­tant to be able to share is­sues re­gard­ing men­tal health, to raise aware­ness and to en­cour­age young peo­ple to dis­cuss it.

“We were lucky enough to have Natasha Devon come and speak with our year 10 and 11 pupils ear­lier this year,” she said. “Her mes­sage was so well re­ceived so I am thrilled that she agreed to come back along with the rest of her Self-Es­teem Team, so that more peo­ple can ben­e­fit from hear­ing what she has to say.” The award-win­ing Self-Es­teem Team was set up in 2013 by Natasha Devon, Na­dia Mendoza and Grace Bar­rett with the aim of visit­ing as many UK schools as pos­si­ble to help equip young peo­ple with the tools needed to nav­i­gate their men­tal health, man­age the re­la­tion­ship with their bod­ies, and build more self-es­teem than the gen­er­a­tions be­fore.

Natasha, who was David Cameron’s cham­pion of chil­dren’s men­tal health, has co-au­thored a num­ber of best-sell­ing books, works as an ad­vi­sor to the All Par­ties Par­lia­men­tary Group on body im­age and has worked on nu­mer­ous tele­vi­sion shows.Š

Be­low: Men­tal Health Day at Nor­wich School

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