Mental Health Awareness Week- Alice and Elsa’s final prayers as Head Girls

This week the theme is ‘The Power of Love’ and it is also Mental Health Awareness Week, so we thought we’d combine the two. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, in England 1 in 6 people report exercising a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression in any given week.

There is unfortunately still a stigma with mental health and the best way to tackle this is with love and by talking about our issues. Recently there has been a push by people in the public eye to remove this stigma, they are reaching out, telling people they are not alone.

Kesha is one person that struggles with her mental health; she said “I just don’t want to be that broken person. And I’m not anymore. I am a walking testament to anyone out there that with honesty and self-love, you can feel whole again. No matter what you have been through, even if things feel unfair and hurt your soul, it does not have to define who you are. You can be the person you want to be today.”

The royals have started a ‘Heads Together’ campaign, and both princes have spoken out about the pain and struggle of losing their mother at such a young age. Prince Harry said “I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine’, I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect not only on my personal life but also my work as well… I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”

Youtuber Zoella and actress Amanda Seyfreid both suffer from anxiety. In an interview Zoella spoke about how she didn’t realise that what she was feeling was not normal, she thought getting panic attacks and anxiety was a part of growing up. Amanda attributes much of her problems to overanalysing or overthinking situations, and says that overcoming it with the help of her family and friends is the best thing she has ever done.

It is very important to be aware of your own mental health so that you can tackle any issues that arise. Remember that you know yourself best, and so when you think you need help, it is essential that you reach out to those you love.

With love and care for one another there is nothing that we can’t overcome, whether it is mental health issues, inequality or exam stress. We all deserve to love and be loved in return.

On Friday evening, Dame Esther Rantzen came to speak to us here at Godolphin. For those who don’t know, Dame Esther Rantzen founded ChildLine in 1986, a helpline open 24/7 to help children in danger or distress. This was the first of its kind in the world. Millions of children have been aided by this helpline since then, and it is inspiring to know that there are people out there who will look out for you, whatever your problem. For those who did not know, the helpline number is: 08001111, and this can reached by phone call, text or online.

Alice O’Rorke and Elsa Heald, Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl