This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Crompton House students have been ‘thinking happy’, getting creative and reaching out to others to combat loneliness, with their #WriteASmile postcard project.
Claire Cullen, Librarian at Crompton House, who has co-ordinated the #WriteaSmile project said:
“We were bowled over by the creativity of our Book Council who came up with this lovely idea – it’s a brilliant way of highlighting the positive effects that reading and writing have on our mental health and wellbeing. Sending and receiving letters and postcards can alleviate feelings of sadness and isolation and it’s important that in a world of emails and texts, children understand how powerful it can be to pick up a pen and send their good wishes to another person – even if it’s just a few words.
Lynsey Macfarlane, Assistant Headteacher of Teaching and Learning & Emotional and Mental Health Lead at Crompton House said:
“It is so important to raise awareness of mental health; feelings of loneliness are often hidden and people suffer terribly in silence. The #WriteASmile postcard project has encouraged our students to let others know they are not alone. We are very proud of them for coming up with such a great idea – the children have written some brilliant messages and I am sure everyone who has received a card will appreciate the sentiment.”