Mental Health Standard

We are delighted to announce that Sacred Heart has been awarded the GOLD award for Mental Health Standards in schools.  This was a real team effort.

In July, at St. Peter’s Pavilion in Hindley, two of our pupils joined with other children, young people and staff from schools across the borough met to mark the culmination of a two year programme, which saw them achieve mental health standards and become ‘mentally healthy schools’.

At the event, schools shared films they’d made about the steps they’d taken to make school a happier and more supportive place for young people to be and children demonstrated the different things that helped them to feel happy, such as playing guitar, singing, writing down their feelings and reading poetry. The celebration culminated with all children and staff writing down their hopes for the future on paper chains and joining them together in a huge ‘chain of hope’.

Marilyn Tucknott, who was commissioned by Wigan Council to lead a team to support schools to achieve the standards, says, “As a response to the ‘mental health is everybody’s business’ way of thinking we developed a raft of training, innovations and resources to help children, young people and staff build resilience. Each school’s mental health journey has been unique, developed around the school’s ethos and with pupils at the heart of everything. One of the most significant changes has been how both pupils and staff talk more openly about their well being. Mental health stigma is rapidly diminishing in schools in Wigan and we hope young people will bring this attitude into their adult life and into their community.”