Schools wear bright colours to launch 30 day ‘What’s Up?’ challenge

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Pupils and teachers across Suffolk donned bright colours to launch the 30 day ‘What’s Up?’ challenge which supports young people’s emotional wellbeing.

Students from Samuel Ward Academy with James Reeder and Laura BealeBright, warm colours, such as red yellow and orange, are proven to have a positive impact on emotional wellbeing. More than 150 organisations across Suffolk, including schools, pharmacies and GP practices, have signed up to support the campaign, which is being run by Suffolk County Council Public Health, in partnership with OneLife Suffolk and Healthwatch Suffolk.

The 30 Day What’s Up Challenge aims to support young people, encouraging them to take part in simple activities they can do to look after their emotional wellbeing. The ideas and suggestions are informed by the five ways to wellbeing which are known to support emotional health. The five ways to wellbeing are Be Active, Give, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Connect with others. More information about the Five Ways to Wellbeing can be found at www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/5-ways-to-wellbeing

From 1 February to 2 March 2019, The Source for young people in Suffolk will be posting out daily challenges on their Facebook, Twitter and webpages that young people can get involved in with schools, friends and family.

Councillor James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Health, said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many schools in Suffolk signed up to the challenge, supporting their students’ wellbeing.

“The challenges will get young people talking, shaking up the daily routine and trying out new things. It’s a great way to blow away those January blues and help young people to feel energised and happier about the year ahead.

“Anyone can take part by following the daily posts on The Source social media channels. See how many you can do!”

Pupils at Samuel Ward Academy have donned bright colours today to support the launch of the campaign, with the school encouraging their students to take part in the 30 challenges.

Andy Hunter, the head teacher for Samuel Ward Academy states:

“It is brilliant to see so many students dressed so brightly to support the cause. At Samuel Ward, we recognise the importance of positive mental health for every member of our school community.

“The What’s Up Challenge is a great way to promote emotional well-being with all of our students and staff, with small, achievable challenges”.

Young people who take part in the challenges could be in for the chance to win a Fitbit, courtesy of OneLife Suffolk. Full terms and conditions are available at www.thesource.me.uk/whatsup

Laura Beale, Campaigns and Marketing Lead at OneLife Suffolk said:

“As the healthy lifestyle service for Suffolk, we recognise the impact poor lifestyles and obesity can have on a young person’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. As a result, we are now delivering sessions as part of our 6-week in school programmes and are honoured to be working on the What’s Up Challenge campaign. 

“Already, we are really pleased with the response from schools across the county, it is great to see that they are recognising mental health and emotional wellbeing as an important topic to address with their young people. We are looking forward to launching the campaign and hope the messages shared will have a positive impact.”

Young people can get involved on Facebook @thesourcewebsite, Twitter @sourcesuffolk and by using the hashtag #WhatsupSuffolk. For more information, please visit www.thesource.me.uk/whatsup