To mark World Mental Health Day 2019 today we officially launch our new Wellbeing Room at St Cuthbert's.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.
The theme of this year’s event is suicide and suicide prevention.
Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. It's the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally
This space has been designed to create a place for students and staff to rest, relax and rejuvenate away from the demands of the workplace or classroom.
The room also houses our collection of mood-boosting and wellbeing books as well as signposting to wellbeing initiatives and services.
This room is for mindfulness, reflection, reading, thinking and being quiet and safe.
The school commissioned Charlotte Weatherstone from Charlie Illustrates to create a mural that would provide a tranquil backdrop to the room allowing the students to have some quiet time. The room is complete with plants, printed cushions featuring elements from the mural and coloured vinyl on the windows, which gives the room a relaxing glow.
Charlie who has also collaborated with school on the HYPE Vibrant Schools projects commented: "It's one of my favourite projects so far."
St Cuthbert's works with a range of outside agencies to create learning opportunities for all our students and staff, raise their overall level of understanding of mental health, and specifically address the stigma around mental health so as to support those who might most need help.