Woodkirk Academy raise awareness of mental health issues

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Woodkirk Academy students have challenged the stigma surrounding mental health issues by hosting their own ‘Time to Talk’ session.

Sixth formers set up an informal cafe in the school library and invited their peers to discuss their worries and thoughts over coffee and cake.

The Time to Talk initiative aims to encourage people to confide in others about mental health issues to challenge stereotypes, improve relationships and help recovery.

Members of staff were also invited to the sessions and principal Joe Barton was delighted with the efforts of the school’s mental health ambassadors, who organised the event.

“Having sixth form students acting as ambassadors and a point of contact for younger students as well as their peers is an excellent initiative. It is yet another example of how Woodkirk recognises and responds to the importance of mental wellbeing in educating the whole child,” she said.