Nairn Academy Positive Mental Health Project

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we have a big thank you for the Nairn Youth Forum & the Nairn Academy Pupil Council for involving Wave in their recent Positive Mental Health project. Keep reading to hear all about their first event…

Nairn Youth Forum and Nairn Academy Pupil Council are collaborating on a Positive Mental Health project. Their first event for parents and young people, ‘What are we feeling?’, took place at Nairn Academy on 24th April 2018.

Speakers and sessions included: Mental Health Nurses discussing teenage behaviours and development, Mindfulness delivered by a practising Buddhist, Youth Action discussing ‘Drugs and the Internet’ and, of course, the fantastic Jo from Wave discussing ‘Sex and the Internet’. There were even some live performances and skits from pupils called ‘How not to talk to your teenager’.

The night provided attendees the opportunity to learn more about what young people experience growing up in this modern age with technology and social pressures. Sessions allowed parents to ask questions surrounding topics that could be uncomfortable.

This was a great first event which was followed by time in the school throughout the week for Music Therapy and Information sessions on mental health for pupils.

The Positive Mental Health project has brought discussions around mental health into young people’s lives throughout the school and community, reducing stigma and increasing confidence.

If you or someone you know need help & advice about mental health, here are some useful links:

Childline – call 0800 1111 to chat about anything that is worrying or upsetting you. You can also visit their website here for information or log in for a 1-2-1 chat.

Young Minds – committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children & young people. Visit their website here.

SAMH – mental health services in Scotland. Visit their website here.

Mind – Advice & support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Visit the website here, call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 for information & advice.

See Me – working to end mental health stigma & discrimination. Visit their website here.