The Mental Health of our Young People

At St Mary’s we want to make sure that our students, and their parents and teachers, are well equipped to deal with the curve balls that may be thrown their way throughout their teenage years and beyond.

Last week we were very lucky to have Dick Moore in school for two days to give talks to our parents, our pupils and the staff on Adolescent Mental Health. Mr Moore is an experienced speaker who visits schools and universities in the UK and further afield to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people.

Mr Moore very sadly lost his son who committed suicide as a result of a mental health problem. Since then he has devoted his time to helping young people, and their parents and teachers, to recognise the signs of illnesses like depression and anxiety and how they can access the support needed to get them onto the road to recovery.

Some Top Tips from Dick Moore:

  • Laugh and smile
  • Eat well, sleep well
  • Exercise and fresh air
  • Work hard… play hard
  • Beware of technology
  • Don’t expect to be perfect
  • Don’t believe you need A*’s to be happy
  • Accept your emotions
  • Talk, talk, talk
  • Be aware of, and kind to, others
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Count your blessings

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain."