Achievement of Mental Health Champion Award

At Berry Hill Primary we take the mental and emotional well-being of our pupils and staff very seriously and realise how important it is to support this.  The Mental Health Champions award has been developed by Gloucestershire Healthy Learning and Living (GHLL) to provide a framework to know what good provision looks like in terms of a whole school approach, recognising that the environment and support that staff and students experience in schools has a huge impact on their emotional health and wellbeing.
We achieved our Mental Health Champion award in 2018 and we were one of the first Forest of Dean schools to do so!  The award was presented by Fiona Quan who is the Gloucestershire County Council Lead for Health and Wellbeing.
As a follow-up to achieving our Mental Health Champions Award, we were asked to take part in a mental health awareness campaign working with Gloucestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.  
We had a photographer spend the morning with us taking photographs and filming some of our Year 6 pupils and Mrs Stevens about the importance of mental health and our award.  
The video had over 6500 views on the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Facebook and the response to it has been very positive.  
Here's the link to the video and here are some photographs taken on the day (copyright Thousand Word Media):
The assessor and validation panel were extremely impressed with our excellent practice across all areas and stated that it was clearly evident that emotional health and wellbeing is the bedrock of the school environment and community.  The passion to help, support and nurture children shone through all aspects of the school.