Posted on: November 28th 2019

Mental Health Ambassador training

On Thursday 28th November, Mrs Angus held a training event for the Peer Mentors so they could add 'Mental Health Ambassador' to their title.

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The afternoon started with a session from Vicky Machin from the Youth Emotional Service and myself. We talked to the students about common mental health issues, spotting signs of someone struggling with their mental health and tips for dealing with emotional stress.

Students were encouraged to consider ways of looking after themselves and their role as 'supportive listeners and referrers' as opposed to 'therapists'.

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After treating the students to a break of hot chocolate and biscuits the second part of the afternoon was led by The Samaritans.

They talked to the group about active listening, reflecting and using open questions. The thirty students, including six 6th formers all volunteered for this important role and their behaviour was exemplary. They were engaged, focused, mature and an absolute credit to Chichester High School. 

I would like to thank Vicky Machin and The Samaritan volunteers who gave up their time to talk to and support our students through what was an emotive, valuable and thought provoking afternoon. Thank you also to Clare Skinner, Melissa Peirce and Governor, Chris Dring for attending the afternoon.

Finally, I would like to share one of the tips we passed on to our students.

How to be a 'SMILER'.

  • Socialise: Get together with others
  • Move: Be active
  • Interest: Have a hobby, keep learning, do something creative
  • Look: Take notice of the world around you
  • Eat well: Eat a balanced diet
  • Rest: Relax, sleep well
  • Support: Give help to others

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