Amanda and pupils

Youth Mental Health Day

News Youth Mental Health Day

In recognition of Youth Mental Health Day, Bedfordshire house builder Barratt and David Wilson Homes donated a collection of books to us at Wixams Academy.

The donation was gratefully received and included a range of books by Usborne Publishing, which aims to support children’s mental health.  These books were launched to students this week to mark World Mental Health day.

Youth Mental Health Day, founded by Stem4 (Supporting Teenage Mental Health), encourages the discussion of mental health in young people with the aim to enable them to live happy and healthy lives.

Titles such as ‘Staying Safe Online’ by Louie Stowell, ‘Social Media Survival Guide by Holly Bathie, and ‘If I Was Your Girl’ by Meredith Russo were among the books donated.  Many of the books include interactive features to help the children express their feelings and relieve anxiety.

Amanda Maddox, Mental Health Lead at Wixams Academy, said: Pupils Mental Health and Wellbeing is a priority for all our pupils. The donation of books received from Barratt and David Wilson Homes are a welcome addition to our existing library resources and will allow pupils to further develop their knowledge around Mental Health issues, how they present and suggest useful strategies. This donation will help to promote positivity and encourage children to be more open about their mental health.

Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Northampton, said: “We hope that by donating books by a range of authors, children will be encouraged to consider their own mental health, and also the health of their peers in the playground and in everyday life. “Youth Mental Health Day is such an important initiative, and we relish the opportunity to reach out to schools within our community and provide support for such a deserving cause.”

Pupils with books
Pupils with books
Copyright Mike Sewell 2022 | Barratt Homes Northampton have donated books to the Wixams Academy in Bedford as part of Youth Mental Health Day. (For Dan Cole – Unsworth Sugden)