Sunday, September 25, 2022

Gateway Academy students attend royally approved mental health event


AS an IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) awarded school, the Gateway Academy are focussed on promoting well-being amongst its students with a school environment that understands and cares for each individual.

Year 9 students were invited to attend a mental health event recently, delivered by Reprezent, an innovative programme which aims to improve mental health in young people. By building their emotional resilience, the outcome is to lead healthier, happier lives.

Reprezent were recently recognised for their longstanding work with young people and their mental health and even had a special visit from HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in January 2018. They have visited numerous schools, with the Gateway Academy being the first in Thurrock.

Students took part in a 60-minute interactive assembly, in the style of a live TV show based around the theme of ‘stress’. It was a fun, interactive and informative show, and students were encouraged to take part in activities and exercises exploring issues related to stress. They offered solutions and tools to help students better manage themselves when they feel stressed.

Students were quick to praise the event: “I learned that I can ask anyone around me about my problems. It helped me to persuade myself that I CAN do things that I never thought I could, as I used to doubt myself a lot. Now I can try those new things!” Jessica, Year 9 student.

“It was a good opportunity for those students who are more stressed to learn that they can ask for help, as there are people out there that can help.” Rebecca, Year 9 student.

Head of School, Mrs Grainne McLaughlin, said “We would like to thank Reprezent for coming into the Academy and sharing their knowledge with our students. They really engaged with the ‘TV show’, and it was informative and enlightening for both staff and students!”


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