Pupils explore mental health issues

Thomas Cowley High School assistant head Mary Meredith prepares to run the marathon in aid of Young Minds
Thomas Cowley High School assistant head Mary Meredith prepares to run the marathon in aid of Young Minds

Pupils and staff at Thomas Cowley High School have been learning about mental health issues.

As part of World Mental Health, the Donington school took part in week-long event to gain insight into issues affecting mental wellbeing.

Chris Wright, head of Cowley House organised the events which included assemblies researched and presented by year 10 students, role playing activities, as well as watching videos featuring high profile ‘stars’ who have suffered from, and got better from, mental illnesses such as depression, panic attack and anxiety and described their experiences.

Assistant head Mary Meredith recently ran in the Lake Vrynwy half marathon in North Wales in order to raise money for Young Minds.

She said she was pleased to have run for the cause, raising £495, as it is an issue that many feel is underfunded – and faces even greater financial challenges when it comes to the issue among young people.

Speaking last week, Ms Meredith commented: “We want to educate our students for life not just for exams.

“One in three adults will struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives.

“This means we all need to know how to recognise the signs that we might need some help, and we also need to know how to help each other.

“Just talking about mental health issues is a great start because it helps stop the stigma.”

“That’s what we tried to do this week - start a conversation which we hope will continue’.