A new mental health awareness scenario has been added to the courses on offer at SkillZONE, Gloucestershire’s safety education centre.
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, so ²gether NHS Foundation Trust and SkillZONE are pleased to be able to launch this module for young people across Gloucestershire, to raise awareness of positive mental health and wellbeing.
SkillZONE, in Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, is a state-of-the-art life-size village, which provides a fully interactive learning environment to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe.
Kathryn Charlesworth, a social inclusion development worker with ²gether, has been involved in putting the new scenario together. She explained: “We’d been involved in incorporating mental health awareness into a similar project in Hereford and wanted to make it Trust-wide by including it at SkillZONE.
“We created a scenario based around the five ways of well-being, making the ideas accessible to children.”
Donna Potts, SkillZONE Manager, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “I am delighted that SkillZONE is able to build on the prevention education it offers children and young people by including this emotional wellbeing scenario and I am sure it will be a huge success with our visitors.”
The scenario, which is optional for schools visiting SkillZONE, looks at each of the five ways of well-being and uses an activity to raise awareness of them.
- Take notice
- Keep learning
- Be active
Teachers can then continue the activities back at their schools, thanks to a special resources box created by Kathryn and her team.
Kathryn explained why it is important that children learn about mental health: “We want to teach children how to stay happy and help them build mental resilience, while giving them the skills to look after themselves.”