Australian swimmer & 5 time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe has opened up about his fragile personality and struggles with depression and anxiety.
“It made me understand I needed to see someone more frequently and to get medication that worked. I feel I’m on to the other side of it now. I’ve got a handle on it but I would never say I’m in control of it because I know how quickly it can change. But I’m in a place where, for the first time, I’m comfortable talking about depression.”
Wouldn’t this article be a perfect addition to mature, open discussion with young people about mental health?
We need more brave people to be honest about their mental health in order to move on from the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Nice one Thorpedo, I think you’re even more wonderful now!
It seems the British Heart Foundation’s recent CPR campaign, fronted by hardman Vinnie Jones has been a life saver. Check this story out, make sure you watch the link. This could be a great insert into PSHE.
On a flying visit to Busby Primary last week, I passed Carron Allan’s P6 class and found this wonderful display right outside the door. Click on the pictures to see a larger view. With inspiration like this, how could her pupils fail to be successful learners. It made me smile 🙂 Nice work Carron.
In partnership with Wholefoods Market in Giffnock, a number of our schools are taking part in the Souper Douper Challenge. Primaries have created some beautiful artwork which will shortly be judged, the winners being incorporated into a calendar. The secondary competition involved classes visiting the store, researching ingredients and making their own soups, which will be made by the chefs @ Wholefoods, in order to choose a winner. The winning soup will be made in store! I had the pleasure of visiting Philippa Craig’s class @ Eastwood High with a few staff from Wholefoods, to taste their winter warming pumpkin soup. I’ll post the recipe just as soon as I’ve worked out how to… Meanwhile, here is a beautiful picture of the pots they used to make the soup. Alison and I are off to Sarah Robinson’s class @ Mearns Castle tomorrow to taste some more soup 🙂 This is a fine example of how our schools, in partnership with local business, bring the curriculum to life.
A secondary colleague of ours, having recently done Mental Health First Aid, was able to engage a previously ‘invisible’ pupil in a meaningful conversation that had a profound effect on improving her mental health. Here are some wise words from TESS on the importance of engaging ‘invisible’ pupils. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6295237