#ToYouFromTes: Raising wellbeing through activity

Clare Erasmus reveals a new scheme that’s improving students’ mental health as well as their attendance

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Stick around our school long enough, and you will see groups of teenagers completing creative and non-competitive, extracurricular tasks.

Initially, you might think they are simply attending a school club or taking part in a school trip. But if you look closer and talk to those involved, you will realise there is far more to it than first appears: these are structured intervention sessions with groups of students who are facing mental health challenges and who are at risk of becoming disengaged at school.

Students appreciate being listened to, not evaluated or judged, but simply understood ...

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