We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week.

The theme is loneliness which affects millions of people around the world including young people.

To play our part in tackling loneliness, we are sharing stories, resources and tips from experts across our school community and from other organisations to raise awareness of this important issue.

If you’d like to play a part in raising awareness, please share content with your community and get involved in the conversation by using the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.

We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week.

Our experts share a range of insight and tips to help students overcome loneliness.

Pinning it for Mental Health Awareness
Our People & Engagement Team wearing their green ribbons with pride. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness.
Social Activity Ideas to overcome loneliness
Michael Hodgson, Assistant Principal Pastoral at Bosworth Independent College, shares some ideas for helping students overcome loneliness.
Wearing green ribbons to celebrate Mental Health Awareness
Thanks to members of the marketing team for donating to support #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Safe Spaces
St Michael’s School has launched a Wellbeing Club. It offers meditation and yoga sessions after school and students explore topics from diet to hours of sleep and even methods of breathing. Kelly says: "These small changes can improve students’ wellbeing significantly.”
Tips for Students to overcome loneliness
Tom Marty, Head of Welfare at CVSPA, shares his tips to help students overcome loneliness.
Raising Awareness of Positive Mental Health
Rebecca Baker-Milne, a teacher at CATS Cambridge, speaks to the student community about the steps to positive mental health this week in support of #mentalhealthawarenessweek
Trust and Community
Students are more likely to engage with extracurricular activities if they are comfortable, safe, and trust the community that is tasked with promoting positive wellbeing.
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From our community

Supporting student wellbeing

Here’s some of the ways the CGS community is supporting student wellbeing

Mental Health Matters

One staff member’s journey to becoming a Mental Health First Aider

An award finalist for “Working with Vulnerable Children”

CATS Canterbury has been selected as a finalist in the Working with Vulnerable Children Award category by Boarding School’s Association. Our nomination for this award is a fantastic reflection of the support we provide to every student.

Further Reading

A Student Guide to Loneliness

The Mental Health Foundation shares a guide specifically for students aged 16+, which explores loneliness with provides some useful tips.

Managing Loneliness

The charity Mind shares some useful advice and tips to manage loneliness.

How does mental health affect students?

A blog from Inside Government on the effects of mental health on the student experience.

Feeling Less Lonely: A School Pack

The Mental Health Foundation shares a pack specifically designed for schools. It provides the materials and resources needed to support pupils to understand what loneliness is, how it can make us feel, and where to find support.

Let’s Talk about Loneliness: Part 1

Let’s Talk about Loneliness: Part 2

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