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Mildenhall College Academy tackles mental health issues

PUBLISHED: 14:14 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:19 08 November 2017

From left, Shaun Whitmore, Tom Delaney, research lead for My Health, Our Future, Richard Goodenough, assistant principal and Kevin Burch, from BBC Look East

From left, Shaun Whitmore, Tom Delaney, research lead for My Health, Our Future, Richard Goodenough, assistant principal and Kevin Burch, from BBC Look East

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Students have helped to highlight mental health and wellbeing issues among young people when they took part in a Suffolk-wide survey.

Mildenhall College Academy was one of eight in the county to pilot the survey as part of the “My Health, Our Future” project run by Healthwatch Suffolk. It aims to help schools identify the mental health needs of pupils in a bid to increase support and promote healthy psychological development.

The survey identified the specific mental health needs that pupils at the school need, such as support with exam stress, managing revision and family worries.

Richard Goodenough, assistant principal, said: “As a result of the survey lessons have been re-designed to tackle the issues specific to this academy so that students get the right information they need to be happy and successful.”

And it was lights, camera, action for a group of year 11 pupils taking part in the Skills for Life lessons when BBC Look East visited the academy to film first-hand how the school was dealing with the issues young people face, for its lunchtime and evening news.

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