West Berkshire Council

St Bart's students plant Mental Health 'Positivitree'.

Mental Health Leaders at St Bartholomew's School in Newbury have planted a 'Positivitree' in the school garden.

Mental Health Leaders at St Bart's plant 'Positivitree'.

Issued on: 12 May 2017

The planting of the tree aligns with the  Mental Health Awareness Week 2017  theme of Surviving or Thriving. Positive messages written by St Bart's students have been planted with the tree, with the view that they will feed the 'Positivitree'.

We all have mental health. However, good mental health is an asset that helps us to thrive. This is not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with the challenges it presents. Yet it can be easy to assume that ongoing stress is the price we have to pay to keep our lives on track. Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 wants to challenge that assumption.

A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) showed current levels of good mental health in Britain to be 'disturbingly low' and predicted depression to become the leading cause of illness globally by 2030.

Nikki Davies, Schools Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator at West Berkshire Council said, "Physically, as a society we're becoming healthier. But the health of our minds is not following suit.  The MHF suggests that our collective mental health is deteriorating and that most of us report experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetime.  Reports to this effect from young people are on the rise. While greater recognition of mental health issues can only be a good thing, this clearly suggests a real and emerging problem."

See what West Berkshire is already doing to combat mental health issues for children and young people.