Wainwright Primary School: Mental Health Ambassadors Programme
Nottingham Forest Community Trust works with 19 partner Primary Schools as part of its Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS) programme delivering a range of education and sport-based activities as part of the Premier League Primary Stars offering.
Coaches offer classroom support in key subjects such as English and Maths, and lead on PE delivery, with sports ranging from football and cricket to athletics and dance, to boost their confidence.
One of our PLPS coaches, Megan Haynes, has been working closely with pupils at Wainwright Primary School, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, with one in particular – Hollie in year 4 who has been given the opportunity to become a mental health ambassador.
Hollie says “I like being a mental health ambassador because I get to help people have better mental health. It’s important to do this to make sure people don’t hurt themselves or others. The best part is being able to help others.”
Prior to being involved with the PLPS programme, Hollie would be very reserved and shy, however since starting these sessions she is much more engaged through voicing her ideas and thoughts. The 30-minute sessions run at lunchtime encourages students to talk about their mental health and there are now several mental health ambassadors in each year group who have volunteered out of wanting to help others within the school community. The ambassadors have now created a ‘Drop-in-den’ session for fellow pupils to attend, providing a safe environment for children to talk about their feelings and each year group runs a different mindfulness activity to help the other children focus on their mental health.
By being a mental health ambassador, Hollie has shown that she can provide her peers with the help and support when they need it. Nottingham Forest Community Trust spoke to Hollie’s mum who has also seen the positive influence that Megan’s visits have had on Hollie, saying “Since Hollie has been working with Megan as a mental health ambassador, she has become more tolerant, and she likes to try and help people more. She has become more open about talking about how she feels and her emotions, especially with having a sibling with special needs, it can be hard for her. She used to keep how she felt to herself as she did not want to burden me with things. Now she will tell me how she feels instead of bottling it up and exploding.”
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