Green hearts for mental health awareness is huge success

May 18, 2023 03:04pm

Staff at New Horizons Primary School have been encouraged by acts of kindness following an initiative to promote the importance of having positive mental health.

Teachers and staff from across the school randomly selected a green heart with the name of a colleague to whom they would present a gift or message of encouragement, with the focus on making them smile.

Gifts ranged from chocolates and plants to a simple, heartfelt note with the aim of making people feel good.

Gemma Muscat, who thought about the idea of throwing green hearts into a hat with names, says the initiative has been a huge success.

She said: "It has been an amazing day at New Horizons to see staff finishing the day encouraged as a result of what they have received. Walking around the school, people have been telling me all about how much they love what they have received, with many saying this should be something we do more regularly throughout the year."

The green hearts have complimented the activities the school has been delivering as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which have been led by Mrs. Hungerford.

Various activities throughout the week have focused on why it’s important to maintain a positive mindset and how that can help you when times are tough.

Children and staff wore green for ‘Wear it Green Day’ too, with a sea of green reminding the school about how Mental Health Awareness Week reminds everyone that it’s okay not to be okay, but there are activities each of us can do to support

Mrs. Muscat continued: "Children and staff from across our wonderful school community have been telling me all about how they have enjoyed the awareness week these past few days. Mrs. Hungerford has done a fantastic job with all the teachers to support children in developing their understanding of maintaining a positive mindset."