Friday 9th October 2020

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Outwood Academy Freeston Turns Yellow!
Looking after yourself and each other is so very important at any time, however, even more so during these unprecedented times when we can feel distanced from our friends and family, when our normal way of life is not the same and when school or the workplace can feel so very different. On our website is a dedicated page with our strategy and support contacts: https://www.freeston.outwood.com/mental-wellbeing Mr Rushton, our Mental Wellbeing Lead, has also created a dedicated site to support all in our community https://wellbeing.freeston.outwood.com/ these are available to everyone at anytime.
Today we supported the charity @YoungMindsUK by taking part in the #HelloYellow campaign. We encouraged staff and students to wear an additional item to their uniform that is yellow to support this event and at the time of publishing this blog we had raised £172.80 If any parents or carers wish to still contribute please log onto iPay to make your donation, this closes on the 12th October. Thank you to everyone involved.
Mr Rushton adds: Outwood Academy Freeston has gone from strength to strength in our support of young people and colleagues with their mental health, being recognised for our hard work to support each other with the Carnegie Mental Health Award at Silver Status. I continue to be amazed at how supportive our young people are of each other and their desire to be kind, resilient and confident when faced with difficulties, particularly during these unprecedented times. We have developed an atmosphere in which everyone feels safe and secure in the knowledge that their mental health is taken seriously and through events such as ‘Hello Yellow’, we continue to raise the profile of mental health and the discussion about this. I’ll leave you with a quote which resonates with the current situation. “You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human.”
If you would like to find out more: https://youngminds.org.uk/

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