Mental Health Awareness

No Harm Done? 
Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th May

In the run up to national Mental Health Awareness Week, students in Years 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to watch a live drama production which aimed to raise awareness and understanding of self-harm in adolescents.



The play, titled No Harm Done?, is the latest work to be devised and performed by members of the Beverley-based ‘Dramatic Theatre in Education’ company.

It was commissioned in consultation with the Public Health Service at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and builds on the success of an earlier work from the same theatre company that focussed on the dangers of Legal Highs, which was performed to secondary school students, including those at Withernsea High School, last April.

Jon Dixon, Director of the Dramatic Theatre company, commented: ‘After the Public Health Team at East Riding approached us with this project, we’ve been really looking forward to getting out on the road with the show and seeing what we can do to bring this important subject to life.'       

Zoe Hughes, one of the three actors involved in the play, added: ‘We’re hoping that young people will see the issues that are being raised as part of the play and hopefully have a chance to model the ways on how to respond to these issues from what they’ve seen.’

Following the performance, students were invited to suggest their own ideas and change parts of the play to explore what other outcomes could have been generated from alternative actions. These changes were improvised on stage by the actors, allowing the students to visualise how simple actions and choices can lead to better results.  

Should you have any concerns regarding the safety and well-being of any of our students, please contact Julie Hare (Child Protection Officer) on 01964 611530 or email harej@wscampus.net




Hull and East Yorkshire MIND Well-being Wall

Monday 8th May

Mental Health Awareness Week is a national campaign to help shed the stigma around the topic of mental health, encouraging people to speak-out about their problems and make simple life changes to improve their mental well-being.

To mark this year’s event, which ran from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th May, Hull and East Yorkshire MIND toured a special Well-being Wall around various schools, organisations and businesses across the region. In an effort to promote self-care, people were encouraged to write personal pledges for happiness on colourful ribbons which were then attached to the framework of the portable structure. This simple action created a visually stunning representation of the small but positive steps people can make towards looking after their mental and physical health.  

The portable wall, built by Men in Sheds - a charity that aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation amongst men through hobbies like carpentry, was brought to the school by Katie McCreaddie - a former English Teacher at WHS who is now an Assistant Fundraiser for Hull and East Riding MIND.

Miss McCreaddie commented: ‘We would like to thank Withernsea High School for being fantastic hosts on our Well-being Wall tour. Both staff and pupils wrote some brilliant pledges and we hope that they will continue to look after their mental health throughout the rest of the year.'

Other stops on the successful tour included St Stephens Shopping Centre, Waitrose in Willerby, KCOM Craven Park, Tigers Trust at the Airco Arena, Hull University and Hull Collegiate School.

Hull and East Yorkshire MIND is a registered charity which has over 40 years experience in providing mental health services to people in Hull and East Yorkshire. It is linked to the National Mind charity in London through an affiliation agreement and is one of over 140 local Mind associations that have agreed to support the mission and values of the national charity. For more information, advice and guidance please visit www.heymind.org.uk 

ABOVE: Katie McCreaddie from Hull and East Yorkshire MIND.

BELOW: Students add their pledges to the Well-being Wall.