On Thursday 7 February, pupils and staff at Hardenhuish School supported Time to Talk Day by encouraging everyone to have a conversation about mental health, not only on the day itself but also in the future.
Time to Talk Day, organised by the Time to Change charity, is a national event held as part of their mission to change the way people think and act about mental health problems and to make stigma and discrimination a thing of the past.
Hardenhuish School takes the issue of mental health very seriously and spreading the word that, whatever you’re going through, you can talk to someone if you’re struggling to cope, is part of the everyday culture.
Throughout the week, members of the ‘Raising Mental Health Awareness’ group delivered a series of assemblies to remind all the school’s young people of the importance of talking and focusing on their wellbeing. During tutor time, pupils were encouraged to think about how to start conversations about mental health and drop-in sessions were held at lunchtime for those who wanted to talk about mental health or simply get involved.
There were also a range of activities to take part in to challenge the mental health stigma and think about conversation starters. One of the school’s former students, Niamh Taylor, who is now a Time to Change Young Champion joined them for the event.
At the end of the day, Mrs Jo Glossop, Assistant Headteacher at Hardenhuish School, said “I am really pleased by the amount of interest in today’s event shown by pupils from Year 7 all the way up to sixth form. The buzz of chat in the room was just brilliant and it was great to hear young people mixing and taking time to talk about mental health and how important it is to them. The challenge is now to encourage all staff and pupils to talk about mental health regularly, not just at one off events”.