The King’s School have launched a Mental Fitness Ambassador Initiative with the aim to promote being mentally fit in order to maintain good mental health.
To help promote mental fitness across the school 16 Upper and Lower Sixth Form students have now been trained in mental health awareness by MHFA England. They have a number of responsibilities but the most important is to promote the idea of mental fitness and help other pupils find ways to exercise it.
The Mental Fitness Ambassador role will include being a visible presence around the school and to promote mental fitness to all schools via assemblies, whole school activities, poster campaign and use of information sources on the parent portal.
Ambassadors will undertake an audit of the school to establish what the student body and staff highlight as the main concerns and create objectives, and man a Wellbeing space to help support people who want to talk. They have also created a Wellbeing Space where two Ambassadors will be available to speak to every lunch time for any students that would like to talk to their peers in a supportive environment.
The Ambassadors will also attend outreach talks to pupils and parents to promote mental fitness and produce a newsletter to include stories, interviews and mental health activities whilst raising awareness of signs and symptoms or poor mental health and other mental health problems.
The Ambassadors have had their first meeting this week where they each bought an item that highlighted what helps them prevent and relieve stress. They have also been set fortnightly mental fitness related tasks.