Spotlight on Happiness Campaign - Bradford Grammar School

As part of #InternationalDayofHappiness, Bradford Grammar School (BGS) have launched a new campaign today, 'Spotlight on Happiness'.

This campaign focuses on this ‘whole school approach’ and features an in-depth look across ‘Well-being and Mental Health’ as well as other areas, for example, ‘Creativity and the Arts’, ‘Community Outreach and Enrichment’, ‘Sport and Healthy Living’ and ‘Personalised Teaching’.

BGS Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe explains how the campaign came about:

We are acutely aware that members of the public, young people, parents and teachers all have important stories to tell about happiness and well-being in School, and in their everyday lives. We want to play our part by sharing our voices, through this public resource, to benefit everyone, not just the few, and to help raise awareness within our local community, Yorkshire and nationwide.”

Over 100 people in the school took part in the campaign including pupils, parents, teachers and staff members.

At OCD Action, we actively encourage schools to educate their pupils about mental ill health, signs to look out for, and also support that is available. We are working hard to provide schools, colleges and universities with information about OCD and related disorders, so anyone affected can recieve support and treatment as early as possible. We were delighted to hear that Bradford Grammar School was launching this campaign, and hope it encourages other schools to do the same.

Lorcan Hanafin, 14 from Guiseley, featured in the 'Spotlight on happiness' video says: “We’re lucky that BGS has an open door policy and they want you to do well and have successful lives and careers, but they know that means more than just being academically successful. I also think it’s really important to talk specifically about mental health and well-being, with relatives or close friends where you can, and we’re encouraged to do that at School.”

Recent figures from NHS data show that nearly a quarter of a million children and young people were in contact with mental health services for problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.Lorcan reflects: “I’m more confident with myself because if something did happen to me then I know that there would be people at BGS who are more than willing to talk to me and listen. The visiting speakers also really help us to understand and raise awareness. Now I feel like I can recognise symptoms and feel more confident about how to talk to other pupils and adults about it, and help people where I can.”

As well as watching interviews with parents, pupils and staff describing what happiness means to them, visitors can view links to useful websites and resources (including charities and other associations), and get key statistics on what constitutes one of the most important things in our everyday lives.

Visit www.bradfordgrammar.com/happiness to find out more.