Mental health campaigners to speak to 500 Norfolk teenagers at Norwich School event

Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaks to students at the Norwich School about mental healt

Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaks to students at the Norwich School about mental health and self esteem. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Hundreds of teenagers from across Norfolk will gather at a workshop focusing on improving mental health.

Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaks to students at the Norwich School about mental healt

Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaks to students at the Norwich School about mental health and self esteem. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

About 500 year nine students from the Norwich School, Jane Austen College in Norwich, Hobart High School in Loddon and Framingham Earl High School will meet in the city centre for the day in July.

The event, held at the Norwich School and Norwich Cathedral, will be led by writer and mental health campaigners Natasha Devon, Nadia Mendoza and Grace Barrett, who together co-founded the Self-Esteem Team, a movement designed to educate teenagers, teachers and parents about mental health and body image issues in young people.

Students will take part in interactive sessions about mental health, covering topics including performance under pressure, body image and self-esteem and healthy ways to deal with difficult feelings.

Nicola Hill, event organiser and acting deputy head at the Norwich School, said: 'We were lucky enough to have Natasha Devon come and speak with our year 10 and 11 pupils earlier this year.

Students at the Norwich School listen to Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaking about men

Students at the Norwich School listen to Natasha Devon, mental health campaigner, speaking about mental health and self esteem. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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'Her message was so well received and I am thrilled that she is coming back along with the rest of her Self-Esteem Team, so that more people can benefit from hearing what she has to say.'

The award-winning Self-Esteem Team was set up by the trio in 2013, and they regularly visit schools around the UK to equip young people with tools to navigate mental health issues and build healthy relationships with their body.

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Ms Devon is a former children's mental health champion at the Department for Education.

The Norwich School puts a focus on mental health and wellbeing for its pupils, and has a school counsellor who pupils can self-refer to or drop in to see, as well as peer supporters, who are trained as mentors for young pupils and their peers.

Norwich School. Picture: Submitted

Norwich School. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The event will run at the school and Norwich Cathedral from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Monday, July 3.

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