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    In this interview with three secondary students and their head teacher it is encouraging to hear one pupil state “It’s OK not to be OK”. An open culture around mental health in their schools ​has provided the support they need, and the confidence to speak about mental health. Find out more about their strategies for improving mental health, from transition to year 7 throughout all year groups.

    Student Voice – “It’s OK not to feel OK”

    E03: S07

    Secondary school students talk openly in this interview with Anna Bateman, about their experience of mental health, both good and bad. They share their thoughts on what has helped them in school, and the progress they have made in response to the strategies the school has in place.

    From transition into year 7, throughout all school year groups, it is evident when listening to these students, that an open culture, when conversations about mental wellbeing are encouraged, is hugely beneficial to everyone.

    As one student says, “It’s OK not to be OK”. This is an empowering ‘mantra’, opening possibilities to talk, to be heard, and to take time out when things get tough.

    With thanks to the students and their Deputy Head for speaking so openly, this podcast is essential listening for school leaders, teachers, pastoral care personnel, and students themselves.