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Wellbeing action day held for local Newport pupils

Students taking part in a yoga session

Business Class is a BITC programme funded in Wales by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales aimed at forging links between employers and schools.

The event was held at Newport Dragons stadium with the aim of educating young people about mental health and providing advice and guidance on improving mental health.

Across the UK, half of all mental health problems begin by the age of 14 with one in four children showing some evidence of mental ill health.

Pupils participated in a range of workshops including; coping with stress, a mindfulness session and a talk on resilience and how to create your own personal plan. 

A total of six Newport schools attended the event including; Llanwern High School, John Frost School, St Julian’s School, Caerleon Comprehensive School, Newport High School and Lliswerry High School.

The employers who helped deliver the wellbeing action day included: Newport City Homes, Wales & West Utilities, IPO, ONS, Robert Price Builders, Melin Homes and Western Power.

Rachel Jones, programme manager at Wales & West Utilities said: “At Wales & West Utilities, we are proud to have been involved in developing the wellbeing action day for our Business Class cluster alongside Careers Wales and other local businesses.

“We’ve been able to take the learning from business to support six Newport based schools and more than 100 pupils to understand more about their own mental health. 

“We invited experts in the fields of mental health, resilience and mindfulness who have been delivering programmes in workplaces.

“They helped pupils create wellbeing action plans, make pledges in support of their own wellbeing and provided practical tips on how to manage stress.”

Nikki Lawrence, chief executive of Careers Wales, said: “Holding the Business Class wellbeing action day was a way of bringing all the local Newport schools and partners together to discuss the importance of mental health.

“Mental health is prominent in the development of young people today, so we wanted to hold an event to improve their understanding of mental health by creating wellbeing action plans and making personal self-care pledges.

“It was important that we encouraged group discussions at the event with all schools having the opportunity to listen to experts in their field and employers who were able to give their own tips on wellbeing and the support available.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone involved in the event and we hope to encourage further discussions of mental health in young people.” 

Email us to find out more information on how to get involved and how to work with Careers Wales in schools.