Mrs Symes, Senior Counsellor and Psychotherapist, reflects on COVID and its implications on World Mental Health Day
This year’s World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for pupils, adapting to taking classes from home, with less contact with teachers and friends, and anxieties about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before.
That’s why the theme for this year is ‘Mental Health for All’
Good physical and mental health is a priority for all in Charterhouse. That’s why participation in sport continues to be encouraged; the healthy options in the dining room remain and good sleep habits are discussed in House. In times of additional stress, these basics are more important than ever. Many pupils and staff showed great resilience and have rediscovered themselves. This crisis is also a time for reflection and finding creative solutions and interventions.
A number of tips for dealing with your mental wellbeing can be found here.
The team in the Wellbeing Centre (comprising of counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist and Chaplains), offer face to face and online appointments and pupils can find good information and advice on a range of mental health difficulties on the Wellbeing page on our intranet: Greyhound.