Children at Acton CE Primary Academy are learning to look after their mental health as part of the One Goal Wellbeing Community Champions initiative.
Representatives from each class at the Chester Road school have worked alongside One Goal to become accredited Wellbeing Warriors.
Now the youngsters will use what they have learned to educate fellow pupils.
Teacher Emma Bloore, wellbeing lead, explained that the mental health of staff and pupils is taken extremely seriously at Acton.
“By working with the wonderful team at One Goal we have been able to ensure that the children have a deeper understanding of how we can look after our mental health,” she said.
“Our Wellbeing Warriors will now have the correct skills to roll out their knowledge to the rest of the school. I am very proud of the achievements of the children! They are now look forward to relaying the message back to their classmates and taking an active role in promoting a healthy mental state across the school.”
As part of their training, pupils learned about the different stages of mental health and how to recognise and regulate the different feelings they may experience.
They were taught different ways to achieve a healthy mental state such as meditation, calming strategies and wellbeing games. They learned methods to identify when their mental health is being impacted and how to improve it.
Most importantly the children learned that communication and self-regulation play a vital role.
April Bourke, who delivered the training to Acton pupils, said: “The children were fantastic to work with and a credit to the school.
They welcomed the training with an open mind and left feeling confident and excited about putting their new knowledge into practice. I am so grateful to have played a part in their training and look forward to hearing how they promote mental health throughout the school.”
Adam Eccleston, founder of One Goal, added: “The pandemic has had a real impact on children’s mental health so Acton CE Primary are playing a crucial role. It’s been a pleasure supporting Acton with our Mental Health Champions Training which will empower pupils to take care of their own mental health as well as support their peers.”
PHOTO: Emma Bloore with the Wellbeing Warriors