More than 100 students are acting as wellbeing ambassadors as part of a focus on mental health.

Teacher Mrs Heyes came up with the idea to run a wellbeing scheme in school and ran assemblies asking for students to volunteer to become ambassadors.

Now there are over 100 across the whole school and they have taken part in three training sessions since the start of the year.

Mrs Heyes said she was proud of everyone who was involved.

She said: “The programme sees students trained up in key area like mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction and emotional literacy. They will then get a badge to wear and a certificate.

“My goal is to have at least two wellbeing ambassadors in each class to serve as positive role models and advocates for good mental health.

“So far ambassadors have taken part in a guided meditation session and we played self-esteem Jenga when we looked at how we can build each other up.

“What we wanted to do was broaden the understanding of mental health. In one of our sessions we talked about was what we would do in school if someone is in crisis, would we know who to go and see and a lot of people weren’t sure.”

Every wellbeing ambassador wears a badge so that their fellow students know they can approach them if they want to talk. The ambassadors also attended a recent Year 9 parents’ evening to talk about their role in school.

Ambassador Chelsea Croft said she thought the scheme was a great idea.

She said: “I think sometimes it’s easier for young people to talk to their peers rather than someone older so in that sense I think having wellbeing ambassadors is a good idea.”

Mr Gritton said: “We are proud of our wellbeing ambassadors and would like to thank Mrs Heyes for introducing this wonderful scheme.

“Mental health is an important issue and hopefully by having wellbeing ambassadors in school this makes it easier for students to talk.”

DSC_0680