Children’s Mental Health Week 2020 took place between 3rd – 9th February and this year the theme was ‘Find Your Brave’.
Mental Health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Through our Health and Wellbeing programme in East Ayrshire we strive to support our pupils by offering many opportunities to share how they are feeling and to look at strategies to help them when they may be feeling sad, stressed or anxious. Pupils learn that their emotional wellbeing is just as important as their physical wellbeing.
Last week, many classes looked at ‘What makes you feel brave?’ and encouraged pupils to try something new to build confidence and to feel good about themselves.
The main message always given is that there is always someone to talk in school whether it is a friend, the class teacher or another member of staff.
P1-4 pupils were excited today to meet Chris Duke, the author of the story ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’.
Chris travelled for 3 hours today to visit Galston Primary, Onthank and Hillhead Primary to share a very powerful message.
The day started with the Kilmarnock Standard photographer speaking to Brooke Hannah in P3W who shared her writing with Chris and he has used it on his Facebook and Instagram pages.
Other pupils showed art work related to the various emotions shared in the story of Lucy with the magical colour changing hair.
P1 and P2 then met Chris and also Mary MacInnes who has been selling handmade products to raise money to donate a copy of the book to all schools in East Ayrshire. Mary is a local girl who attended Loanhead Primary School. She wants to spread the message to the community that ‘It is ok not to be ok’ and that blue days will pass.
Some p1 pupils showed their super work!
Chris and Mary complimented the P1-P2 audience!
P3 and P4 also listened well and asked some super questions at the end of the session.
Look out for the article and photos in the Kilmarnock Standard.
Copies of the book can be bought online at www.lucysblueday.com. A version suitable for older children is available to pre order. (P+P not included – discount code is invalid now)
More classes have become familiar with the book ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’ which explores emotions and explains that it is ‘Ok to be not ok’ and that there are people we can talk to when we are feeling a little blue.
Lucy’s hair changes colour depending on her emotions.
This delightful book has led to great class discussions, super stories and fab artwork in various classes.
Brooke Hannah in P3 shared a story with the author and he used it on a film reel at the ‘This Morning Live’ roadshow. Brooke was excited to hear that Dr Ranj, Rylan, Rochelle and Holly and Phil had seen her story!!?
Chris Duke, the author of the book is visiting Onthank on Tuesday 25th June and he will visit Galston Primary and Hillhead Primary too.
Chris has offered us a discount code to use online for buying a copy of the book shown. Our code is ONTHANK and the book can be bought at www.lucysblueday.com?.
The discount removes postage and packing. Chris will have the orders with him when he visits and he will sign books too if you wish.
The upper school version of the book can be pre ordered and will be released in August. A fab book with a powerful message.
Following our consultation we would like everyone to learn our shared values.
As a school our pupil council challenged us to know our shared values. Already many children do and they have been teaching others.