Finding our Brave
Today’s modern world is very rewarding with a wealth of opportunities available to us and the opportunity to strive to achieve whatever you want. For most of us there is a degree of anxiety or fear that creeps into our mind and for some, it can affect our mental health to a greater or lesser extent. 1 in 8 children and young people have a diagnosable mental health condition and London Academy is proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week to help raise awareness and the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
The students, staff and families at London Academy face a wide range of issues, and since 2015 Place2Be have provided invaluable support to help us ‘Find our brave’, the theme of this year’s campaign. The work undertaken by Place2Be is a constant presence within London Academy and we asked our students to write on post it notes what they felt being brave was, which generated a array of answers, with a recurring message of ‘be yourself’.
Place2Be provides a safe space for children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings within school, and help them to work through difficult times. Students from Years 1 through to Year 13 have the support of 1:1 counselling, groupwork, 'Place2Talk' (a lunchtime self-referral service), and workshops if and when needed. One student commented, “I lost my smile and Place2Be helped me find it again”.
“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” Bear Grylls
Learn more: childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk