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Hello Yellow

This week, we have tried to create an awareness of young people’s mental health through our support of Young Minds’ ‘Hello Yellow’ campaign.  It is very sad to hear that one in eight children aged 5- 16 years will have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.  The pressures of modern society and the influence of social media certainly seems to be playing a large part in this.  We live in an ever-competitive world and the pressure this places on our children, at such a young age, is palpable.  
At Haddon Dene, we are extremely proud of the nurturing and supportive environment we provide for our children.  Children receive the very best individual attention and their worries are listened to.  We know our children very well and they feel ‘at home’ whilst at school.   Our entire team cares very deeply about the wellbeing of all our children and we communicate effectively to ensure concerns are dealt with quickly.  By providing strategies and support early on in a child’s life, this can reduce the severity of mental health issues in later life.  Building resilience is crucial to this, which is why it is one of our core values. 
I want to thank Mrs Diamond and Mrs Taylor for organising our charity fundraiser this week for Young Minds.  We managed to raise £300.  Everyone looked fabulous and cheery in their yellow outfits; they brought a ray of sunshine into the school.  Mrs Diamond is an ambassador for mental health and wellbeing, and she works tirelessly, researching and attending additional training courses to ensure she is best placed to support children who need it. 
Talking about mental health is important.  I feel positive that the stigma surrounding this is now disappearing and as a society we are more open to discussing our emotions and mental state.  We have a very strong relationship with all our families.  Haddon Dene is a happy and safe environment for our little ones, it is why they thrive and develop into such strong, positive role models.