Mental Health Student Conference
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Stem 4 - 2018 Student Conference
Last week we welcomed Stem 4 to Ark Putney. Stem 4 are a charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage. With 1 in 10 young people aged between 5-16 experiencing some form of diagnosable mental health disorder - the purpose of the conference was to inform students about how good mental health can be achieved and to challenge any pre-conceived ideas they previously had.
Joined by other local schools, our Year 9 students kick started the conversation on how to help those around them that may be struggling with their mental health. They put forward some excellent ideas and began to build a campaign based concepts such as ‘Live in a world of positivity – remember you are good enough’. We were also treated to a rap by APA student Alexandre Gallimore – sending the message out through all mediums.
APA Principal Ms. Downey says ‘Mental health is a priority at APA. We focus on ways in which students can help themselves and their peers to handle the challenges that life has in store with the aim to have a balanced, meaningful and enjoyable life’.