A group of students at Accrington Academy have established a new ‘TAALK’ room to help promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
The Academy’s Year 11 Mental Health Ambassadors have been working closely to establish a new ‘TAALK’ room as a place where students can come and feel comfortable to talk about any problems they may be having. It is part of a whole-school commitment to ensuring everyone feels happy, safe and supported – both by peers and by staff – so that they can be at their best.
Alongside academic learning, as part of what the school calls ‘Education with Character’, students are encouraged to be kind, compassionate and give back to their school and local community. Working with local charity Ynot Aspire, the Mental Health Ambassadors have therefore been playing their part to promote wellbeing through developing the ‘TAALK’ space.
James Kerfoot, Headteacher of Accrington Academy, said:
“Like any good school, we want our students to leave us with more than just exam results. We also aim to teach kindness, compassion and strategies for maintaining wellbeing and give our students the tools to grow into active, socially minded citizens.
“I am very proud therefore that our Mental Health Ambassadors have helped lead such a positive initiative and are encouraging their peers to be powerful role models – in school and in their wider lives. Working alongside Ynot Aspire, we are looking forward to seeing the new TAALK room develop as a space for continuing important conversations around positive mental health and wellbeing.”