Self Esteem Team At Mayfield
Mayfield School were thrilled to welcome Grace Barrett from the Self Esteem Team on Thursday 29th September, to deliver a twilight talk for parents, alumnae and teachers from local schools on mental health.
The Self Esteem Team are a trio of women, Natasha Devon, Nadia Mendoza and Grace Barrett with one aim – to bring positive mental health to the nation. Their #letters2tess campaign urges Theresa May with daily letters, to meet them, to revolutionize the education system & introduce mental health literacy into schools. They have delivered lectures to in excess of 70,000 teenagers in both state and independent education.
Grace impressed the Mayfield audience with her advice, giving them confidence and helping them to see things from a different perspective. Mayfield parents and guests welcomed the opportunity to ask any questions they had concerning teenagers mental health, and topics from exam stress, mobile phone use and how to communicate with your teenager were covered, and it was an enlightened group of parents who left the talk. As one parent commented, “I feel as if I can understand my daughter a bit better, it was fascinating to hear Grace talking about leaving a silence and allowing your child to fill it, a brilliant evening, I wish it had lasted longer, I had so many more questions to ask!”.
The talk was organised as the first in a series of Life Skills for Parents lectures. Head of Life Skills, Mrs Pippa Whitby commented, “It was great to see so many parents interested in their daughters’ mental health. With so many questions answered I’m sure we will all be adapting some of the ways we talk to and help our girls. I’m looking forward to seeing if any families implement a technology free evening every once in a while!”.
Headmistress, Antonia Beary is looking forward to welcoming the Self Esteem Team back to Mayfield to talk to the girls. “The way in which we empower our young people to address these challenges is crucial. And how parents and schools work together to help provide them with the tools they need to respond is just as important. There are no straightforward answers, but one thing is clear: communication and openness is the best way forward.