Upton junior pupils mark World Mental Health Day with a splash of colour

World Mental Health Day at Upton school

A splash of sunshine celebrated World Mental Health Day at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs yesterday (October 10).

Pupils wore clothing in the colour in support of the national Hello Yellow campaign aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Young Minds charity.

Year 3 teacher Isobel Reed said: “As well as dressing in yellow, children and staff explored different feelings and discussed the importance of sharing anxieties.”

More than £360 was raised at the school which will contribute to providing support for young people suffering with poor mental health.

Head of School Darci Arthur said: “The increased focus across the UK on mental health issues affecting children as well as adults is vitally important. We discuss feelings and anxieties with our pupils openly and the children know that we are here to help if they need support.

“The school was very bright with so much yellow and we helped raised money for an extremely important cause.”

The Young Minds charity is involved with a range of projects from preventing mental ill health from developing to improving early intervention and care for those living with a mental health problem.

It states: “Our nationwide project promotes trauma informed practice that helps professionals to support children and young people who have experienced distressing or disturbing times.

“We provide mental health training and resources for pupils, schools, parents and carers to help children cope with the changes and transitions they experience during their time at school.”

For more information about Young Minds go online to www.youngminds.org.uk