Posted: 21 May, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020.

This year’s theme is kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.

Wellbeing is at the heart of Putney. Supporting good physical and psychological health is core to all elements of our positive and happy school.

Putney staff and students remotely supported Mental Health Awareness Week by taking part in various online wellbeing activities hosted by our Wellbeing Prefects.

On Monday Putney Pen-Pals took place at lunch time, allowing students to virtually meet up and communicate with their friends, whom they may have not seen for a while due to the lockdown.

On Tuesday the Wellbeing Baking Club was a huge success, with 41 participants, including staff and students. The activity resulted  in some delicious chocolate biscuit cakes being created.

Meanwhile, Mrs Armstrong shared some uplifting  photos of a swan family that she had found while on her daily exercise walk.

Wellbeing Within Week 2020

Members of Tuesday's Virtual Bake Club,

Members of Tuesday's Virtual Bake Club,

To help raise awareness of mental health in the Junior School, students have been taking part in a Design a Wellbeing Garden competition.

The gardens will be judged and certificates awarded in a similar way to the Chelsea Flower Show.

All gardens will receive either gold, silver-gilt, silver, or bronze certificates.

There will also be additional category winners:

Best In Show (one award per age category)
Green Award (best ‘use’ of recycled materials; a garden which encourages wildlife)
Most Original Design
People’s Choice Award (voted for by Junior School pupils)

If you are a Putney Junior School student and would like to enter please click here. The deadline is Monday 1 June.

Fitting in with the theme of kindness, as of Wednesday 13 May, the ‘Scrubs with Love’ team have created an extra nine bags and nine hats which will be sent for staff at Kingston Hospital, three bags for an army hospital while one whole scrub set and one hat will be going to GDST alumna (and speaker at Putney High) Dr Kate Mayers, an Obstetrician and Genealogical Consultant at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. One hat will also be sent to a veterinary centre, whose company is giving up some of their PPE for the NHS.

To add a bit of extra love, the Junior School created rainbow transfers so that all the scrubs made would have a special rainbow printed on them.

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