This year Carr Hill High School will be working alongside Lancashire Mind to deliver two innovative mental health initiatives designed to improve wellbeing amongst the whole school community.
Carr Hill High School will be one of just a handful of schools across the county given the opportunity to take part in the pioneering ‘Whole School Approach’ which was successfully piloted by national Mind last year. The Whole School Approach is a collaborative action adopted by all those within a school community. It is designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all members of the school community; teachers, the wider school workforce; and parents and carers. In taking part in the programme Carr Hill High School will promote good mental health and wellbeing to everyone, support everyone in the school community who has a mental health problem, identify what contributes to poor mental health, and implement existing tools and create new solutions to keep everyone well. The school community will have access to assemblies, drop in sessions, resilience workshops, staff training and more throughout the programme.
Running alongside the Whole School Approach, a group of Year 9 students will also take part in the charity’s Wellbeing Challenge. The Wellbeing Challenge will run over ten weeks and will help Carr Hill students identify the health and wellbeing needs of the school and wider community. It will supply them with the training, skills and support they need to build and deliver initiatives for their peers. The programme will be run by one of Lancashire Mind's partners charity organisation Key.
Assistant Headteacher Mr Johnstone said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to work with Lancashire Mind on both the Whole School Approach and The Wellbeing Challenge programmes. As a school community we are committed to the wellbeing and mental health of all those in our school community and these programmes will give us an opportunity to work collaboratively with students, staff and parents and carers with the shared goal of continued mental wellbeing for all.”