National Stress Awareness Week 2019

Everyone has mental health, just like we have physical health. The term ‘mental health’ includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. However, in the 21st century we have collectively struggled to care for these important parts of us. Resulting in governments introducing initiatives such as Stress Awareness Week (4th - 10th Nov 2019), to help us recognise what can we do to help ourselves and those around us. 

What are the warning signs? We may struggle with feeling down, stressed, or frightened. We may become overwhelmed with family, school, or friendships. We may find change difficult to accept. 

This year the theme is ‘resilience# and links to the constant effort our students put into their education and self-development – getting better each day from each test and with each interaction. 

At Ark Boulton we know that alongside external pressures from life, exams can be a cause for stress for many students. This is why we have a strong team of Student Support Leaders, a school counsellor and a school nurse who are ready to help students in their time of need. Last month, we also ran a revision workshop with parents so that they could understand and support their children with their education. 

We want our students to achieve their best, but we know that this should not come at the price of our health. By putting our support measures in place we encourage each student to take note of their own personal stress and develop resilience, self-discipline, courage and commitment.