Since May several year 8s, 9s, 10s and 12s have been studying to become peer educators of mental health for Eltham Hill School. Our role is to raise awareness and help to remove the stigma around mental health conditions. For the past few weeks, a variety of students and I participated in a mental health awareness workshop which we all very much enjoyed. We met once a week discussing mental health and the stigma around it. When we spoke of physical health only positive words were associated, opposed to mental health which only had negative stigmas. Our mental health is a mixture of nature (that we’re born with), nurture (what we grow up with) and life events (what happens to us) this is called “the bio-psycho-social-model”. We all studied and discussed mental illness, focusing on the top three common conditions that teenagers suffer from, which are: depression, anxiety/stress and self-harm. After we covered the different topics, it was time for us to share our knowledge by performing a presentation for 2 PHSE lessons to year 8 and an assembly for year 9. All our lessons were engaging and delightful to participate in and we would like to acknowledge Sarah (our Mentor) from The Young Urban Arts Foundation for her all her efforts, patience and consistency.
Grace Agunloye 9M