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Teacher Paul Sanders explains why he chose Mental Health for Sixth Form lecture topic

Teacher Paul Sanders explains why he chose Mental Health for Sixth Form lecture topic

A staff member has outlined his reasons for highlighting Mental Health in a special event held for Sixth Form pupils at Rydal Penrhos.

Assistant Head of Middle School Paul Sanders chose the topic for the lecture, which took place at the Ferguson Centre on Wednesday, October 4.

Speaking about the lecture, he said: “In a nutshell, I was keen to open discussion in school about mental health issues.

“I used real and personal examples, without mentioning who they were, of people I had helped/supported or lived with over the years. I did this to engage the kids so that they appreciated the volume of mental health issues, and that it could affect absolutely anybody.

“The aims of the talk were simple, to engage young people in a mental health discussion and encourage them to look out for each other.

“I hope that it will help to alleviate any stigma associated with mental health and prevent people stereotyping. In a perfect world, they will be much more aware of their own mental health and be reassured to seek support if they need it – according to recent stats, ten of the pupils present last night will experience some kind of mental health issue before they are 21.

“I was very happy with the feedback and the kids seem to have certainly taken on board some of the issues.”

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