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Our brand new mental health service launches

The Mayor of Worcester Councillor Jabba Riaz cut the ribbon to officially launch our new mental health service 'Well Aware' on Tuesday 19th March.

Councillor Riaz was joined by Bishop Perowne staff, governors, and student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who have been active in setting up the service. During the launch Councillor Riaz talked about the importance of opening up and speaking to people when feeling low, and how he wished this type of service had been available when he was younger. 

Bishop Perowne student Laura Surridge also make a speech about what mental health is, and fellow student Callie Geary gave a beautiful rendition of the song 'Believe in Me' by Demi Lovato.

Well Aware, will be run by trained professionals and aims to plug the gap in the accessibility of mental health support for students and their families.

The discrete service will help students whose low mood, stress and anxiety are affecting their daily activities and support the school's mission to change lives for the better by offering:​

  • 1:1 mental health first aid
  • Group wellbeing sessions – for stress and general wellbeing
  • Online self-help via Bishop Perowne's website
  • Student-led support run by Bishop Perowne's Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
  • Parent support groups and advice sessions
  • Mindfulness sessions

Nigel Ford, Deputy Headteacher who is responsible for pastoral care and has been instrumental in setting up the service, opened the launch event by highlighting the support that students will be able to receive. Mr Ford commented:

"There is a widespread agreement amongst education and health professionals that prevention and early intervention should be prioritised in addressing the health and wellbeing of children. This is particularly important for mental health as more than half of all mental health conditions are established before the age of 14.

"Well Aware will offer clinics for students and parents for whom anxiety and stress are affecting their daily activities, including their studies, and key Bishop Perowne staff have been trained as mental health first aiders.

"The launch of the programme represents phase one of our mental health strategy, with phase two centred around becoming an attachment aware school. This will see all staff trained to be inclusion experts and understand how to manage children who have suffered insecure attachments or trauma, have significant SEND needs or have had adverse childhood experiences."

The school is working closely with local NHS mental health services, such as the child and adolescent mental health service and Reach4Wellbeing, and will also refer students to professionally qualified counsellors and the school nurse.

Learn more about the service here.

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