Teenage mental health issues are never far for the news. It is undoubtedly true that while many young people seem to sail easily through adolescence into adulthood, others find the process much more difficult to navigate and need a bit of extra support along the way.
Over the last two weeks, we have launched our drop in sessions led by the Bury Grammar School Mental Health Ambassadors. Our ambassadors have completed a rigorous training programme over the last few months and are ready to support their peers in school.
Our Mental Health Ambassadors can provide support, advice and information on mental health plus so much more. So far, they have led an activity for pupils to identify things that they can do to release the pressures of revision and exams, recognising that their peers are facing a busy few weeks ahead in the lead up to the Schools’ Summer Examinations. Furthermore, they have helped their peers look at practical tasks which can raise their self esteem.
Throughout the rest of the term, they will be running many more events to profile positive mental health and they will play an active role in school working closely with the Pastoral Team.
The Ambassadors join our established pastoral support network available to pupils and have each demonstrated care, compassion, empathy and respect for others. Pupils can be sure there is always someone to listen.