Students Step Up To Mark Mental Health Awareness Week

Tollbar Academy Year 7 students, Scott Ives, Mia-Vye Masterson and Poppy Chambers, mark Mental Health Week by taking part in physical activity and inspirational talks and videos in lessons.

Students at Tollbar Academy have stepped up their physical activity to focus on Mental Health Awareness Week.

The national campaign aims to raise awareness around mental health problems affecting millions of people in the UK today. The initiative began in 2001, and is run by the Mental Health Foundation.

Research shows that mental health can be seriously impacted by a lack of activity and that exercising in any form releases endorphins in your brain, which energize your spirits and make you feel good. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps you sleep better, and boosts your overall mood.

Students at the Academy have been discussing the benefits of physical activity in the classroom, both in Form and Citizenship lessons, and the Fitness Centre/Multi Gym, which is used by all students for P.E. lessons, is open after school this week for staff and students to exercise more.

Tollbar Multi Academy Trust already places great emphasis on Sport and has installed state-of-the-art multi-gyms in all four of its Secondary Academies.

Posters advertising Mental Health Week can be seen throughout the Academy and students have all received leaflets asking "Are You Ok?" The mental health awareness team, KOOTH, has also visited the Academy for year group assemblies.

P.E. Teacher Bethany Neul explained: "We are looking at trying to increase activity among boys and girls of all ages because it has massive benefits for mental health. There is lots of research about the lack of girls taking part in activity, and we know that this has a big impact on their mental health, especially with body image and body shaming and things like that. Not all girls and boys like to take part in team sports so the multi-gym offers a fantastic alternative that allows them to exercise without feeling any pressure."

Year 7 students Scott Ives said: "This week is really interesting. I have learned about mental health and how things affect it, like exercise, and we watched a video about opening up to people and thinking more about what you say to yourself, and just not being so hard on yourself."

Tollbar Academy P.E. Teacher Bethany Neul inspires students to exercise to improve their mental health.

Tollbar Academy students exercise in the state-of-the-art multi-gym, which is also a great alternative for students who do not like team sports.

Leaflets promote positive mental health.

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