Pupils focus on mental health
Berwick Middle School pupils marked Children’s Mental Health Week earlier this month.
The theme was Healthy: Inside and Out, and reiterated the importance of healthy eating, physical activity and good sleep.
Pupils had special assemblies and focused on the three key areas by keeping a log for five days and reflecting on their feelings.
On the final day, pupils participated in an introduction to mindfulness workshop, delivered by Brian Turnbull, chairman of Peer2Peer Mindfulness.
Pupils learned about the mind and tried visualisation and breathing techniques to focus on the present moment.
Kate Sarginson, assistant head teacher, said: “Children’s Mental Health Week is just part of what we do throughout the year to promote positive well-being.
“It was particularly good for pupils to find out about mindfulness – research has found it to benefit general health and also the ability to concentrate and learn.
“We’re grateful to Peer2Peer Mindfulness for coming in.”
Statistics show that 56 per cent of children say they worry all the time about something.