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World Mental Health Day

Mental health is all about our emotional well being. How we feel emotionally is just as important as how we feel physically.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year. As leading practitioners we know that poor mental health often starts in young adulthood.

We understand that for young people life can be challenging. School, work, home and relationships can often leave our students with strong emotions and feelings to manage.

This year World Mental Health Day is focusing on how young people feel and cope in a changing world.

At Leeds City Academy we want every young person that comes through our gates to have the access to support they need to grow up happy, healthy and resilient.

Last week across the Academy students took part in sessions around building resilience, self-confidence and a growth mind-set in order to feel good about being themselves.

We were incredibly delighted that about the numbers of students, last week, talking about mental health and emotional wellbeing during their pitches to become a member of the Student Parliament!

MindMate research estimates that at least 10% of young people in Leeds are “likely to have a mental health issue or need support with their emotional wellbeing”. This is an alarming statistic, which is why this academic year we have continued working closely with MindMate to ensure that we become a MindMate Friendly Setting.

Over the past 12 months at Leeds City Academy, we have been working incredibly hard to tackle the stigma around mental health and encourage students, staff and visitors to know that it is #OkayNotToBeOkay. Through regular CPD we have been increasing staff confidence in communicating with young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing in order to provide outstanding pastoral care and direct families to services as quickly as possible.

Staff are always encouraged to look at how their curriculum areas can be enhanced by including links to Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing.

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, on Wednesday 10th October we launched a competition encouraging our students to make some noise about mental health by creating something, to be displayed, that explains what mental health is and how it affects teenagers.

We cannot wait to see the competition entries. Keep an eye on our social media to see if your artwork is on the display board next week!