Today marks the first day of Children’s Mental Health Week, and John Madejski Academy is taking the opportunity to educate students on mental health. Along with providing excellent support, we believe that teaching children about the effects of mental health problems is a great way to remove the stigma and create a caring and encouraging environment.
The first ever Children’s Mental Health Week took place in 2015. It was created and launched by Place2Be, the UK’s largest children’s mental health charity, to “support children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing”.
The need for focus on children’s mental health is backed up by some alarming statistics. 75% of mental illnesses start during childhood, and 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15. What’s more, at least 50% of young people believe that anyone their age diagnosed with a mental illness would be embarrassed, which often leads to them suffering in silence and not receiving the support they need.
At JMA, we have provisions in place to support students experiencing mental health problems and always encourage them to seek help when they need it.
The health and wellbeing of our students is our utmost priority, and we always take matters of mental health seriously. We want our students to know that we are always available to discuss any problems they are facing, and that all the support they need will be provided.