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
Sarah Haywood, Place2Be