Happy Children’s Mental Health Week!

Tynecastle High School is pleased to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 (5-11 February).

The theme this year is ‘Being Ourselves’. Sadly, some children and young people can find it difficult to view themselves in a positive way, with low self-esteem affecting more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be’s one-to-one support. That is why this Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be is encouraging children and young people to celebrate their uniqueness and feel comfortable with who they are.

Whilst we cannot always change a child’s situation, helping them to have a positive view of themselves can help them to cope with life’s challenges. Recognising the different qualities of others can also help us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing!

We’ve had some great opportunities in school this week to Be Ourselves and have fun with others:

  • On Monday, local singer-songwriter Caro Overy led an after-school singing workshop for everyone in the Tynecastle High School Community
  • On Tuesday, students and staff showed us their best moves in a dancing flashmob at lunch time
  • Linking in with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, parents and carers who came to our evening event were invited to think about how we can support young people to Be Themselves in the digital world, and make sure they get their Digital 5-a-day
  • Young people worked with our librarian Mr Mackenzie on Wednesday to make some fantastic art work about what they share and what they don’t share online
  • Friday’s tutor time will give students across the whole school a chance to think about what ‘Being Ourselves’ means to them

 Get involved
Find more information and share Place2Be’s resources for parents, teachers and youth groups at www.ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.org.uk

Sarah Haywood, Place2Be

Singing Workshop for Children’s Mental Health Week

Come and join a singing workshop on Monday 5th February 3.30pm-4.30pm at Tynecastle High School, in celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week. No singing or musical experience needed, everybody welcome!

Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 Feb 2018) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is ‘Being Ourselves’, and what better way to express ourselves than through music? This event is free and open to everybody in the Tynecastle High School community: students, parents and carers, school staff, and also those in our cluster primary schools (Dalry, Balgreen, Stenhouse and Craiglockhart).

Singing will be led by Caro Overy. Caro is a choir leader, singer, and songwriter who enjoys sharing songs old and new from around the world to help people connect and have fun through singing. She is a trained Natural Voice practitioner with experience in a range of community and healthcare settings, and leads Edinburgh’s folk and roots community choir Castle Chorus.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Haywood (Place2Be School Project Manager) but please do just come along!

For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week (and how you can get involved), visit https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Place2Be at Tynecastle

Tynecastle High School works with Place2Be, the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to help improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.

How Place2Be helps pupils

Pupils can find help with friendship issues and other worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. Children and young people can book to see a counsellor on their lunch or break time and attend on their own or in a group.

Place2Be also works with children and young people individually and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most, working closely with parents and school staff.

The school has a dedicated Place2Be room where students can meet with a counsellor and talk about the challenges they are experiencing. This helps them to engage productively in their own learning and develop positive relationships.

Other support from Place2Be

Place2Be also offers support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Please do get in touch with our School Project Manager, Sarah Haywood, to find out more (details below).

Any questions?

Our Place2Be School Project Manager is Sarah Haywood, who works on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays. You can contact her via email, telephone or face-to-face:

sarah.haywood@place2be.org.uk or call the school office on 0131 337 3488

You can also find out more about Place2Be at: www.place2be.org.uk