Mental Health Champions

On 14 October 2022 a selected group of students were invited to undertake external training alongside a company called One Goal, whose aim is to support the Mental Wellbeing of young people. One Goal supplies training programmes for students of all years around the topic of Mental Health across the country, building an army of Mental Health Champions.

Twenty-five students from years 7 to 10 spent a whole day exploring Mental Health alongside Mrs Morley. Together they learnt how to recognise poor mental health and the symptoms that might be displayed by someone struggling to cope. Practical techniques to calm a busy mind were modelled and the students were able to experience the benefits of such actions on themselves.

Over half term all students were set further online training which allows them to put into practice the knowledge they have learnt. This training is to be completed before they are fully recognised as Mental Health Champions and receive their full qualification. As expected, students have readily accepted this additional study and I know Mrs Morley is excited to present their final certification on our return to school.

Once all students have gained their certification as Mental Health Champions the work will really begin. The students have many plans of how to raise the awareness of Mental Health issues amongst their peers as well as how to provide opportunities of support to them.

The Mental Health Champions will strive to support and strengthen the work already undertaken by staff, in fostering healthy minds for all young people at The Dorcan Academy.

Mrs Morley


The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
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The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.