Fundraising support to help improve mental wellbeing of Suffolk children

A fundraising effort begins this week, with the aim of helping to improve the mental wellbeing of children in Saxmundham and across Suffolk.

The Rotary Club of Saxmundham and District are carrying out their annual Christmas collections from Saturday 9th December for EARLY Minds (Emotional Awareness Learnt Young), which is a mental wellbeing programme for young people, run by Suffolk Mind.

The pilot project uses the power of storytelling to teach children in local primary schools about their emotional needs and enable them to learn new skills to look after their mental health. 

It comes as figures show that four in ten 11-year-old girls worry about their body image “some or most of the time” and one in ten 11-year-olds get less than 6 hours sleep a night.

Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind, said: “The mental health of our children should be a concern of everyone. We all have emotional needs that must be met in order to stay well, and that’s just as true of primary school pupils as it is of adults. 

“By using stories to teach them about these emotional needs, we can help prevent mental ill health from occurring in the first place. We can also help them use skills such as 7/11 breathing to calm down when they are feeling emotional, helping them to think more clearly and make good decisions.

“The support and fundraising efforts of rotary clubs such as Saxmundham and District is crucial to helping us work with as many children as possible in the local area.”

The Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District will be collecting in the following locations:

- Tesco Store, Saxmundham, Saturday 9th December

- Co-op Store, Wickham Market, Saturday 16th December

- Co-op Store, Leiston, Monday 18th December

- Co-op Store, Leiston, Friday 22nd December

- Friday Street Farm Shop, Farham, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th December


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