We explore the potential for digital in schools

Members of the EMPOWER team were delighted to spend the day with pupils and staff  from Saint Luke’s High School in Barrhead. We were contributing to a wider day on health and wellbeing and welcomed four groups of S3 girls for workshops to talk about mental health generally and also the potential for digital approaches to support good mental health in schools.

We were really impressed by the openness and honesty of the pupils and struck by how knowledgeable the pupils were about mental health. It was also interesting see how much consistency there was in the group discussions about what helps good mental health.

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Pupils discussed the potential role of digital/mhealth supports for good mental health in schools

These discussions were exploratory but the potential to take the work forward in some way  was welcomed by staff and pupils alike. Some pupils raised concerns about confidentiality in digital support for mental health and it was quickly clear that they would value having control over who they shared information suggesting options for teacher and peer support.

While we are assured the EMPOWER workshop went down well it’s just possible that the highlight of the day for many of the pupils was a visit from world champion and Olympic gold winning cyclist Katie Archibald. Team EMPOWER felt compelled to get a snap of Katie and marvel at just how heavy a gold medal actually is!

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World champion and Olympic cyclist, Katie Archibald, provided inspiration to pupils

The team here will now work to collate all of the feedback from the four sessions and review next steps with  staff and pupils at St Luke’s. We be delighted to hear from others doing similar work.