Mental health aware
A hugely important event to tackle mental health issues among young people has taken place in Norwich with huge success
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.
Below: Mental Health Day at Norwich School