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Mental Health: a tricky topic?


"One in four of us experience mental health problems every year, and one in ten young people will experience a mental health problem before the age of 16. So you are likely to know someone going through the experience right now. Talking about mental health breaks down the taboos surrounding it. The more open we are, the more we enable young people to look after their own mental health, reduce the stigma around asking for help, and help them to support their peers".


At Horizon Primary Academy we recognise and value the importance of promoting positive mental health so much so that at the end of May 2016 we are taking part in 'mental health awareness week'. See some of the links below surrounding the topic and look out for what we as a school are doing to raise awareness! 

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge supports UK's first Children's Mental Health Week

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the children's mental health charity Place2Be, has recorded a video message to support the UK's first Children's Mental Health Week (16 - 22 February 2015).

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Inside Out and Emotional Health

Related article: Inside Out and Emotional Health The animated movie "Inside Out" tells the story of a young girl, Riley, who has to leave her Midwest life behind when her family moves to San Francisco.


‘Mental health’ is about the way we feel about ourselves, how happy we are and whether we believe we have the strength to overcome challenges. Sometimes you might feel really positive and confident about things. And other times, you might feel stressed, anxious or sad. This is completely normal.These thoughts can be a problem if they become really extreme or if they get so big that they affect your daily life.


How can I promote positive mental health with my child?


  • Model positive mental health habits.
  • Making sure children get enough sleep.
  • Encouraging exercise.
  • Encouraging creative outlets.
  • Providing a safe space within their home/bedroom.
  • Time to talk about worries.
  • Relaxation time.
  • Consistent routines.
  • Being aware of what children are exposed to in the media, online and their surroundings.