Northamptonshire pupils join mental health campaign

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day event in Wellingborough
Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day event in Wellingborough

Pupils in Northamptonshire have taken part in a series of events aimed at raising awareness among young people of mental health and mental health stigma.

Schools across the county joined the event on Friday, February 14. Balloon releases, including in Kettering town centre, were co-ordinated to take place at the same time at nine different venues, including in Kettering (below), Corby, Rushden and Wellingborough (above), with the towns’ mayors also joining in.

Kettering mayor Keli Watts takes part in a balloon launch as part of a county-wide day of action to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Kettering mayor Keli Watts takes part in a balloon launch as part of a county-wide day of action to raise awareness of mental health issues.

There were six community arts events, including one in which more than 1,000 people showed their commitment to stamping out stigma by making a boot print on a large piece of canvas.

David Loyd-Hearn, lead commissioner for children and young people at NHS Northamptonshire, said: “We have been so impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm shown by young people, schools and colleges to this really important day.

“Through our work with young people, their parents, carers, teachers, youth workers and health professionals we have seen time and time again the negative effect that mental health stigma can have on children and young people.

“We hope that Mental Health Awareness Day presented schools and the wider community with an opportunity to talk about the issue openly and candidly, focus on the importance of positive wellbeing and ensure everyone can access the support and information they need.”

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day event in Rushden

Northamptonshire Mental Health Awareness Day event in Rushden