On 10th October, in honour of World Mental Health Day, Dr Alex – famous for being a contestant on Love Island – visited the school to talk about the importance of mental health.
Boys from every year group were invited to sit down with the Doctor and listen to advice and tips on how to look after and maintain positive mental well being.
The day consisted of a presentation by Dr Alex which aimed to break down the stigma attached to young boys and the importance of looking after their mental well being.
Dr Alex told the boys to always “Ask twice” – if they know someone is suffering, or is maybe not acting their usual self, then they should always make sure they check in twice with their friend to see how they are getting on.
The boys got the opportunity to ask the Doctor any mental health related questions. The boys asked questions such as “Can there be different triggers for mental health illnesses?” and “Will there ever be cure?”.
Taking on board the information given to them, the boys then worked together to come up with new and inventive ideas that could be implemented within the school to ensure a whole school community ethos towards positive mental health.
Ideas such as “spotting the signs” posters to having mental health ambassadors in the school were all debated and discussions were had on how to implement these ideas within the school.
With the help of Dr Alex, the boys were able to come up with different strategies to ensure the valuable information they learned within the session could be embedded within school life.
It was a fantastic event which got the boys talking about a previously taboo topic.
Andy, a Year 10 student, said: “Today I learnt that mental health is just as important as physical health and that we should all take some time out during the day to focus on our mental well being, just like we do physically.”
Head Teacher, Sally Brooks, said: “It has been such a pleasure welcoming Dr Alex to Fulham College, especially on such an important day. At the school, we ensure our robust pastoral system and support from the staff breaks down the stigma attached to young boys and mental health and we are so pleased that a famous face could come and talk to the boys and reinforce our positive mental health ethos.
“It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day and the boys have clearly enjoyed themselves.”