Ossett Academy provides more mental health support for students

Staff and students in the Wakefield district are making pledges about how to look after their mental health.

Ossett Academy has become one of the first to employ a Mental Health Practitioner.

The role is being taken on by Sarah Gaskell. She said: "We know that mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate - problems can affect anyone, at any point in their life. My role is to assess and support some of our more vulnerable students, to ensure they access the appropriate level of support to meet their needs.

“Alongside this, we recognise the importance of promoting and advocating positive mental health and taking ownership of our own well-being, which can change from day to day. We’re also working to redress the stigma that surrounds mental health, through raising people’s understanding of it. Although this is something we do daily, this important, global day is a fantastic opportunity to let people know what we do, and to hopefully go one step further in changing any negative perceptions that can still exist around the subject of mental health."

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