What is good mental health and wellbeing, and why is it so important?
‘Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’. (WHO, March 2018).
With all this in mind, maybe every week should be Wellbeing Week?
Wellbeing Week at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook: 10th – 14th January 2022
Wellbeing Week delivered a calm start to the Spring Term. We began with a virtual assembly hosted by Mr David, which included a piece from Dr Alex George, the UK’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador, who offered our community some helpful insight into ways to improve our mental health, de-stress and feel better about ourselves. This was an absolute privilege and we were hugely grateful! On Tuesday we welcomed Mr Richard Burnett, Admissions Tutor from Tonbridge School, who delivered a series of Mindfulness talks to Years 6, 7 and 8, as well as to parents. Mr Burnett is Co-founder and Chair of the charity Mindfulness in Schools Project, so we enjoyed benefiting from his knowledge and expertise.
Throughout the week, Mrs Potter ran calmful colouring sessions in the Upper School library, every break and lunchtime. They proved to be hugely popular, albeit perhaps marginally less so on Thursday when hot chocolate was being served in the dining hall! In fact, Thursday proved to be a popular day all round with a scavenger hunt around Upper School and Onesie Day! Although, just a bit of fun, the aim of Onesie Day was to raise money for the Sam West Foundation – a fantastic charity promoting the awareness, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues affecting young people and their families. And to maintain a feeling of calm and tranquillity, children also had the opportunity to take part in yoga sessions throughout the week. To end our restful week, we were treated to a stunning performance from the Seren Flute and Guitar Duo – Helen Manente and Rebecca Baulch. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful performance!
Wellbeing Week was the perfect way to start a new term, however the serious message is the need to ensure we look after ourselves, in-turn, enabling us to look after others.