Culcheth High School hosted an event on Monday 10th October as part of the launch of the ‘Future in Mind’ initiative in schools. The initiative is being delivered in association with the Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group, Warrington Borough Council and a number of other secondary schools across Warrington.

Activities delivered on the day at Culcheth High School included a ‘market stall’ style event during lunch time (1.15-2.00pm) whereby students were able to access a number of agencies available to them in and around the Warrington area including KOOTH, Tier 2 CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Footsteps for Families, Happy?Ok?Sad?, Warrington Public Health Youth Team, Warrington Wolves trustees and the School Health Team. The event was also supported by our Youth Health Champions – students who have received specific training on how to signpost their peers to the services available to them in their local area. We will also be promoting our Warrington Schools ‘Future in Mind’ Pledge, outlining the key assurances schools will aim to implement in order to support every student in Warrington.

The ‘Future in Mind’ initiative, ‘Future in Mind – promoting, protecting and improving our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing’ was launched in response to the growing numbers of young people experiencing mental health issues, and aims to remove the stigma relating to mental illness, give young people better access to services which can support them and setting up ‘one stop shop’ support services in the community. On our launch day, secondary schools across Warrington came together to show that talking about this once-taboo issue does not need to be difficult or scary. The launch includes the delivery of a number of activities developed by Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. These will be delivered by Form Tutors via registration time activities aimed at encouraging students to talk about positive Mental Health, and a launch assembly which encourages them to become resilient, confident young people who have the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face from time to time.

Thanks to all who participated in supporting the event. Follow our journey on Twitter: @culchethPSHE