Jukebox jive talking for juniors’ mental health

Junior pupils at Hawick High have been using an emoji-powered jukebox to help them talk about how they’re feeling. They participated in an event to promote Feels FM and worked with senior pupils who have been trained as Scotland’s Mental Health First Aiders. 

Teacher of Pastoral Care, Scott Fobister said: “On Wednesday it was Mental Health Awareness Day, we are actively aware of the difficulties that many young people have with their mental health, and we have worked tirelessly with pupils, parents and partners to try and give as much support and direction as possible. Hawick High has a ‘Mentally Flourishing School’ support framework which has been nationally recognised, and it was great to see all of our S6 trained in ‘Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid’ by SeeMe Scotland. 

Many senior students and staff have been trained over the last few years and it’s great to see the importance that is now given to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Everyone has mental and physical health and it is critical to create a culture where mental health is discussed openly. There is a long way to go but it is important that the positive message of reassurance that recovery can begin after people are open about their mental health issues gets out there.”

This article was originally printed in The Hawick Paper on Friday 12 October 2018.