On Thursday 17th May, Notre Dame High School hosted an evening aimed at supporting parents whose sons/daughters experience poor or fluctuating mental health. Simon Francis, Mental Health Training Co-ordinator, from the Mental Health charity MIND had been asked to run a session for parents in order to help them feel more prepared to support their child or young person in difficult times.
Simon’s presentation helped give parents an understanding of several Mental Health issues and helped open up supportive conversations between the parents, whose sons/daughters are students at Notre Dame in years 10 to 13. The evening was very supportive with parents who attended feeling reassured by comparing and sharing the burden and challenges of living with teenagers experiencing different mental health challenges.
The event was well received and parents were very grateful that school had organised the evening, describing Notre Dame as a very supportive and forward thinking school. Simon Francis announced that he believed Notre Dame was the first school in the country to host an event of this kind.
The parents gave very good feedback for the pastoral care at Notre Dame and hoped in future nationally that there will be a more pro-active approach to good mental health in education from primary school to universities.