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Barden Primary School Mental Health Champions
In November three of our students were selected from year 6 to become our very own Mental Health Champions. The Young Mental Health Champions (YMHC) is a student-led intervention, which is designed to make use of physical activity as a proactive solution to mental health and wellbeing issues present within schools.
Our Young Mental Health Champions were selected because they have an interest in their own health and wellbeing so can support their peers in making healthy lifestyle choices that affect their mental health. The YMHC act as ambassadors and mentors, providing important health information and advice, with the purpose of helping to affect real and lasting change within our school.
The three children attended the training which was delivered by Rachael MacKenzie who is a World Thai-Boxing champion. The training was really inspiring for the Young Mental Health Champions, which developed their knowledge and understanding of key physical, social and mental health issues affecting them today. As a result, the children are now working with a small group of year 3 children on a weekly basis. They will plan and implement fun and engaging sessions so the children can express themselves and build confidence and self-esteem.