DUNOON GRAMMAR SCHOOL BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Written by on 08/06/2017

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Over the last year the school has become one the most active schools in Scotland in improving attitudes around mental health. They are one of six pilot schools for the brand new ‘What’s On Your Mind?’ pack from national anti-stigma programme See Me.

The school has been working with See Me over the last year to pilot and test the pack which supports teachers, and pupils to develop skills to tackle stigma and discrimination.

As part of their work they are holding a Walk a Mile event around Dunoon on June 9th. Pupils from all over Scotland will be coming to take part in the walk, as well as Scottish Commonwealth Games cyclist Rab Wardell.

The walk will be taking place through the centre of town and people from Dunoon are encouraged to come out and get involved. A market place on mental health will be held between 11.30am and 2pm at Argyll Gardens.

The idea of Walk a Mile is to bring together anyone who cares about tackling mental health discrimination, to break down barriers as they walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

So far thousands of people have taken part in Walks across Scotland, getting a chance to see each other as they really are, not the labels they may have been given.

Head teacher at Dunoon Grammar School, David Mitchell, said: “I am extremely proud and honoured that Dunoon Grammar is one of only a small number of schools chosen as a pilot for See Me.                                                                   “Mental health is an extremely important subject, but one which people sometimes feel too ashamed to talk about. It shouldn’t be this way.                                                                                                                                                                            “We need people to realise that it’s okay to feel sad or anxious, and we need them to know that it’s okay to open up and talk about their emotions.                                                                                                                                                                     “We want to show that mental health can be a topic of everyday conversations, and we are all responsible for creating a positive attitude about it.

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“We have decided to hold a Walk a Mile, in association with See Me, which will be attended by a wide variety of people. It would be great if the local community could join in and support the cause too.”

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