The Importance of Mental Health in the Classroom
Mental Health for years has been a hidden topic and only recently discussed openly in relation to young people, with many shying away from considering the importance of psychological health development alongside academic performance.
It’s amazing how at school we encourage healthy living through PE lessons, regular sports days and discussions on diet, yet mental health, despite being such a growing phenomenon amongst school age children, is often left to cower in the background.
However, with the annual World Mental Health Day, all of us at COGO HQ are always overwhelmed by the amount of support and content posted around mental health. It’s refreshing to witness thousands of people taking to twitter and facebook to share advice, stories and top tips on the subject whatever their age or situation.
At COGO we are firm believers in encouraging more discussions around mental health, and have had an incredible amount of support behind us in our recent decision to incorporate mental health focused sessions into our primary school residential trips.
Having listened to feedback from a number of teachers and educational experts, we aim to support children as they develop emotional intelligence on all the trips we offer. In planning a school trip we combine a blend of mindfulness and outdoor learning sessions to aid children with a tool box of life skills.
Our top tip to teachers? Take your children outside the classroom to help improve concentration and engagement. Physical activity helps to balance mental health and wellbeing, combined with children naturally building confidence through new experiences.