Staff and learners across all R.E.A.L. sites took part in Mental Health Awareness Week this month, as this year’s theme focussed on loneliness. 

Chloe Pollock, Teacher said: “Marking Mental Health Awareness Week at R.E.A.L. provides a great opportunity to normalise the discussion of mental health and wellbeing amongst our learners and staff.”

Different hubs chose to mark the week in different ways, from displays and posters full of tips on how to combat feeling alone, to a DR R.E.A.L’s advice board and inspirational quotes, to dressing in green for Wear It Green day.

Chloe said: “By talking openly about mental health, young people can learn to better understand their emotions, break down stigma and feel safe enough to reach out for support when it’s needed.”