Enfield school pupils help promote children’s mental health across UK

Educational video for schools across the country filmed at Lavender Primary School

Sachini (left) and Eleanor (right)
Lavender pupils Sachini (left) and Eleanor (right)

Pupils at an Enfield primary school have taken part in a short film for Children’s Mental Health Week which is being broadcast to thousands of schools across the UK.

The Lavender Primary School pupils were filmed for a special edition of Espresso News Bites, an award-winning news service for primary schools. Produced in partnership with ITN Productions, Espresso News Bites brings the world’s biggest stories to UK classrooms every day.

A crew from Espresso News Bites visited Lavender Primary School where they filmed a mental health awareness lesson and interviewed pupils in year three. Presenter Humza Chaudhry interviewed the children about how they look after their mental health and why it’s important to be open about their emotions.

The pupils were also joined on camera by school counsellor Zoe Kubaisi from children’s charity Place2Be, which organises Children’s Mental Health Week.

Amelie, aged eight, said: “I think it’s really important to learn about your feelings, so that you can tell people how you are feeling and how they can help you.”

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Arlo, also eight, added: “When you learn about your feelings, you can help your friends with their feelings. If you’re sad you can comfort them and if you’re happy you can play with them.”

Teacher Lauren Hoffland said: “We were delighted to welcome the film crew from Espresso News Bites, in partnership with Place2Be. The children really enjoyed talking about how they look after their mental health and support one another, as part of our learning for Children’s Mental Health Week.”

Now in its tenth year, Children’s Mental Health Week is a nationwide event, organised by Place2Be. With a theme of ‘my voice matters’, this year’s event aimed to empower children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves and support their wellbeing.

Discovery Education, a leader in education technology, supported this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week. Lizzy Lambley, Discovery Education’s UK head of production said: “With a growing need for mental health support in UK schools, Discovery Education is proud to produce this Espresso News special and provide additional digital resources to help teachers support pupil wellbeing.”

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