Promoting positive mental health at Bournside

On 17th October, a group of year 12 students undertook a basic mental health first aid training course, led by Elliot Hartfree-Pearce from Mental Health First Aid England. The training opportunity was organised through a partnership with Jen Tucker, Partnership and Research Officer at Cheltenham Borough Council. This opportunity has been developed through the ‘No child left behind’ project.

In addition, the school was presented with a collection of books from Jen Tucker as a resource that can be used as a basis of mental health awareness and support. The booklist contains over 30 books aimed at helping young people understand about various mental health issues; everything from autism to exam stress. The list is made up of a number of books, fiction and non-fiction, that help young people to understand various mental health issues, including ADHD, autistic spectrum conditions, eating disorders, confidence and self-esteem, depression, mood swings OCD, self-harm, stress and bullying.

The students will now continue their training to become wellbeing ambassadors. Their role will focus on supporting the wellbeing of our student body.