Five to thrive - children are taught coping skills at schools in Guyhirn and Wisbech St Mary


Coping skills and keeping your mind happy and healthy was the aim of a day at two schools to raise awareness of mental health.


The event was arranged at Guyhirn and Wisbech St Mary by the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT).

Jade Betts, headteacher at Guyhirn said: “We all thought the day was fantastic!

“If possible would definitely like to make it an annual event. The children are still using the five to thrive examples with each other.”

In line with the Mental Health Foundation, the theme of the day was surviving or thriving.

The children were invited to come to school dressed in purple and after an assembly, they introduced the concept to the children.

The day included a range of fun and interactive activities based around developing five key skills that they can use to keep their minds happy and healthy - make relationships, be active, take note, keep learning and be creative and play.

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One child said they would use it: “When you feel sad, but you can’t easily get out of that sadness yourself and you might need some help to do so.”

Emily Bedford, DEMAT schools effectiveness officer, who led the day said: “It has been a great privilege to have given our schools the opportunity to learn about keeping their minds healthy, to begin to equip children with the skills to enjoy life and deal with the challenges it presents.

“This has such an important place in children’s lives growing up today and we thank all our children, staff and school communities that took part.”