Pupils and teachers at Hardenhuish celebrated World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October by coming to school wearing yellow scarves, socks, coats, hair accessories, belts and badges.
The Hello Yellow campaign, organised by the Young Minds charity to raise awareness of global mental health education, is a key part of the fight against the social stigma often associated with mental health. By wearing yellow, Hardenhuish School’s pupils and staff were showing that they don’t hide their mental health and that they support each other.
The school takes the issue of mental health very seriously and has four pupils who are qualified Young Listeners having received five weeks of training from Healthwatch/Youthwatch Wiltshire, as well as attending a three-day residential course on how to effectively counsel young adults and children.
As Mrs Sally Harris, Assistant Headteacher at Hardenhuish School, explained “Statistics show that children are more likely to open up to someone similar to their age, which is why we think it’s great that we have Young Listeners in school”.
The school has also created its own mental health awareness campaign called the Stick Together campaign, which is directly linked to the Hello Yellow campaign. In return for pledging their support for the campaign, pupils and staff received a yellow sticker, showing their support for both campaigns at once.
Additionally, pupils were invited to write an inspirational quote, story, message or draw on a piece of Hello Yellow bunting, which will be displayed around the school to show visitors, pupils, students and staff how Hardenhuish has supported World Mental Health Day and is working for an increased awareness of mental health.
Mrs Harris said, “This has been one of several pupil-led events organised through the year to raise awareness of mental health. We’re very proud of how pupils feel strongly that this is a subject to be talked about and that we should not allow the stigma that sometimes surrounds mental health to be a barrier for sharing our feelings or asking for support”.
Photo: (from L-R) Year 9 pupils from Hardenhuish School, Emily MacInnes, Lawrisa Mendoza, Sally Bunney and Katie Prowting wearing yellow to celebrate World Mental Health Day.