Students have responded to the rise in mental health conditions in young people by staging a De-stresstival, the county’s first wellbeing festival.
Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe partnered with leading mental health charity Lancashire Mind to help an event dedicated to improving wellbeing and open up conversations about mental health conditions amongst young people.
Organised by 13 and 14 year olds from the school, they took part in The Wellbeing Challenge, a 10-week programme delivered by Lancashire Mind and partners. The festival activities, which have been funded by students via community donations, include yoga classes, pet therapy, a relaxation room and live music.
The school is the first to complete the Wellbeing Challenge, which has been created by Lancashire Mind due to the growing increase in mental health conditions amongst under 18’s and the recent announcement that three children in every classroom are living with a diagnosable mental health condition.
Ribblesdale High School headteacher Mr Stephen Cox said: “The wellbeing of our students and staff is of the upmost importance and I believe that by promoting wellbeing now, we can help to prevent mental health conditions developing in the future. I have been astounded by the success of the De-stresstival, the culmination of many hours of hard work by a team of pupils, alongside Lancashire Mind has been amazing.”
He added:“The pupils have benefitted enormously from the huge range of activities they have been involved in and I would strongly recommend other schools to consider running a similar event.”