Connecting Through Mental Health Awareness Week at Brearley School
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and one of the many events we took part in was at Brearley School. The theme for the day was “Let’s Connect,” and it turned out to be a fantastic way to bring pupils together under a common goal. We spent an enjoyable morning with the pupils engaging in activities such as building a friendship pyramid, playing outside games, and creating vision boards. Everyone seemed excited to take part and learn more about mental health awareness.
One of the activities that the pupils enjoyed was creating Vision Boards. A Vision Board is a board used to display positive images and affirmations that can help you focus on what you want to achieve in life. It serves as a visual reminder of your goals and dreams and can inspire you to take action towards achieving them. Allowing students to create their own individualized Vision Boards provided an opportunity for them to express themselves without fear of judgement or criticism from their peers.
Another activity included was drawing a pyramid and the pupils debating what the difference is between friends and acquaintances, this proved interesting and from observing I think the students gained something from this.
Jen, lead teacher at Brearley then took the students outside on the sports court to play a game where the students had to pick an area to run to, which they preferred, the realisation on the some of the pupils faces when they had so much in common with their fellow peers was great and seemed to bring everyone closer together.
This Mental Health Awareness Week event at Brearley Hall School was both educational and enjoyable for everyone involved! Not only did it provide an opportunity for pupils to connect with one another through various activities, but it also gave them tools they can use in everyday life such as building Vision Boards and learning how to effectively communicate within group settings. With so much negativity surrounding mental health awareness today, it’s encouraging when young people come together like this to help spread positivity! Hopefully this event will continue on next year so that even more students can benefit from its impactful message!