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Mental Health Awareness Day


It was a day where schools (including primary schools) join together to show their support of the Mental Health Stigma Programme. The day provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health stigma to young people in lots of interesting, fun and inclusive ways.

What's happening on the day?

A set of resources for secondary schools, focusing on self-help and peer support. Resources include:
  • Chatterboxes for Year 7 students
  • Information leaflet: for use within school
  • Handstamps and beach balls for in-school activities (see below for further details)
For further information about these resources please contact Tessa Parkinson:
Tel: 07799 880611
E-mail: tessa@3activeuk.com

A set of resources for primary schools have been developed for use on, or leading up to, the day that include:
  • Chatterboxes for Year 6 students
  • Information leaflets for students
  • A PowerPoint presentation for use in assembly
  • Ideas for activities on the day
Schools will be sent these resources, but for further information about these resources please contact Tessa Parkinson:
Tel: 07799 880611
E-mail: tessa@3activeuk.com 

Each secondary school will be given a hand stamp to use on the day... students will be asked to demonstrate their commitment to stamping our mental health stigma by stamping a mental health message on their hand.

We will be launching balloons and bubbles from over 40 different schools, colleges and community settings at 12 midday.

Thanks to sponsorship by Nationwide Building Society, every single secondary school form tutor in Northamptonshire will be provided with a (beach ball style) tutorial ball for use in form tutor time, at the end of any lesson or as a dedicated part of a lesson.  The ball will have questions on it, with many being linked to feelings and emotions that can be thrown around the room as a group exercise to encourage discussion and mental health and emotional well-being.    

This year also sees Challenge Tessa! In order to promote Northamptonshires Mental Health Awareness Day Tessa Parkinson, one of the Programme Managers for the Mental Health Stigma Programme in Northamptonshire has been challenged to visit as many schools as possible. So between the 1and 10February Tessa will be visiting over 40 schools, getting an MHSP boiler suit stamped by students, having photos taken with staff and pupils/students and delivering key mental health messages and resources for schools to use on February 10.

Click HERE to view pictures from mental health awareness day 2016..