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Mental Health Fair Helps to Stamp Out the Stigma

Wednesday 10 October was World Mental Health Day, which this year had the theme of ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

The Notre Dame community celebrated this date with a Mental Health Fair held during the students’ lunch hour. Invited along were Karma Nirvana, The Market Place, Teen Connect, The Key, Carers Leeds, St Anne’s Community Services, the Samaritans, and Women’s Health Matters. Our students got to see the range of support there is available in Leeds for anyone affected by a mental health issue. They were also able to take away goodies such as stress balls and awareness-raising wristbands.

In addition to the fair, a range of other activities were organised for students, including visiting speakers in assembly, themed tutorial sessions, and mental health first aid training. Assistant Principal Ms Lindsay Brook said: ‘This week, we have been updating our knowledge and awareness of mental health issues. Our aim is to stamp out the stigma around this topic.’