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Importance of Mental Health

The first 3 weeks of the 2020-21 academic year have certainly passed by very quickly indeed!

Throughout the mix of physical and online schooling, I have been very impressed with the resilience, tenacity and motivation displayed by students in both years 12 and 13. The IB Diploma is widely regarded as the most challenging and broadening post-16 educational programme in the world and it is fantastic to see our students embracing the challenges that it presents. 

Both before and during these unprecedented times, the wellbeing of all students at TBS is a priority for us as a school. At times, we all find the stresses and challenges of life difficult and this can have varying degrees of impact on our wellbeing and our students are no exception to this. Crucial to our wellbeing is our mental health. 

But what is good mental health? According to the UK National Health Service (https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/top-tips-to-improve-your-mental-wellbeing/):

Looking after your mental health is not something we should just do if we are struggling, or feeling low, anxious or stressed. It's actually something we should think about all the time and really invest in, just like with our physical health.

Having good mental health can help us sleep better, feel better, enable us to do the things we want to do, and help us have more positive relationships with those around us. We do not need to wait until we're struggling.

Looking after our mental health is not only good for us now, it can also help us deal with and manage difficult times in the future. Over time, it may also reduce our risk of physical health problems.

There are lots of things we can do to look after our mental health and wellbeing every day – make a start with these 6 top tips.

1. Reframe unhelpful thoughts

2. Be in the present

3. Get good sleep

4. Connect with others

5. Live a healthy life

6. Do something for yourself


Of course, this list is not exhaustive and good mental health means different things to different people. However, through tutor group and mentoring activities to initiatives from the Student Leadership Team (SLT), throughout the IB programme we will work to educate students regarding the importance of good mental health for both themselves and their peers. It must be a priority for us all.

Have a fantastic weekend,

Rob Prokic

Head of Year 12