Swanbourne House School has announced a very special collaboration with mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to raise awareness and promote positive mental health amongst its pupils.
CALM is responsible for many high profile campaigns to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, especially amongst young people where early intervention is critical. ‘Project84’, ‘Don’t Bottle it up’, ‘The Best Man Project’ and ‘Torch Songs’ have all had widespread coverage in the national press and support from inspirational ambassadors such as The Duke of Cambridge, Professor Green, Loyle Carner, Ed Sheran and Rio Ferdinand. CALM also works with a number of media partners, brands and across a number of touch points such as Music, Comedy, Art and Sport to promote positive mental health amongst young people.
Swanbourne House School is CALM’s first ever School partnership and over the next year will work together on age-appropriate awareness and fundraising campaigns including ‘CALM Collectives’, an initiative to share common passions and interests across expressive outlets such as Music, Art and Sport. With the support of CALM’s successful national campaign, Swanbourne House School has today also launched its own ‘Torch Songs’ project which will encourage children to identify and ultimately perform their ‘light’ songs in a fundraising concert supported by CALM.
Jane Thorpe, Head at Swanbourne House School, commented “We are thrilled to be working with CALM to support positive mental health amongst the children at Swanbourne House. It was a pleasure and privilege to welcome Simon Gunning, CEO, to Swanbourne today to announce our collaboration and inaugural project, ‘Torch Songs’. Music can offer a much-needed psychological boost and as educators, we must take responsibility to identify key areas across our curriculum that resonate and provide expressive outlets. We are very proud to be CALM’s first School partner and look forward to educating children how to help look after their minds as well as their bodies.”
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, commented “We are hugely grateful to Swanbourne House School for their support of CALM. We all have a part to play in opening a dialogue around mental health and encouraging help-seeking behaviour at a young age, and so we are delighted to be working with Swanbourne in creating a blue print for positive mental health amongst their pupils and staff.”