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(UK) Wrexham primary students have mental health day amid rising referrals; it was 'fantastic'

Aug 5, 2018, Wrexham News: Wrexham primary school children learn how to look after their mental health http://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexham-primary-school-children-learn-how-to-look-after-their-mental-health-154010.html Hundreds of primary school children from across Wrexham recently had the chance to learn more about ways they can improve their mental health and wellbeing at a special event. More than 300 pupils from across the borough took part in a range of fun activities during the all-day event at Erddig Hall, including Tai Chi, team sports, a daily mile, bush craft, problem solving exercises and a mindful walk. The event is part of wider multi-agency efforts to prevent mental ill health and develop resilience in children and young adults amid a steep rise in referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) across Wales. It was organised by a local partnership of organisations who are working to promote wellbeing in education settings, including CAMHS, Public Health Wales, the Caia Park Health Team, Ysgol Bryn Alyn; The Rofft Primary School; Ysgol Tanyfron, and the Inspire Youth Work team in conjunction with the National trust in Erddig. Over the last 12 months, the group have delivered a range of workshops, staff sessions and parents’ evenings with the aim of providing schools with the tools to support the individual needs of their pupils…. Claire Woodcock from BCUHB’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service said: “It’s important not only to respond to young people needing specialist mental health care, but to teach all children the coping skills required to manage everyday stresses in order to stay mentally well. … “It was fantastic to see so many young people enjoying the outdoors here at Erddig and exploring the ways in which this special place can impact positively on their mental health. “There’s so much pressure on children today, so it’s nice to let them focus on what they are grateful for and live in the present”.