This Mental Health Awareness Week, Primary 5/6 from Muirkirk Primary has launched an exciting new project, in collaboration with Columba 1400.
The ‘Dinnae Haud Yer Wheest’ project encourages children and young people from the school and members of the local community to recognise their feelings and take action to improve their mental wellbeing. Their aim is make their village a happy place where people talk openly about their feelings.
The school app is being updated daily with a different theme each day.
Monday is Magic Monday and the young people have prepared compliments to make people feel good; Tuesday is Try it Tuesday and the young people have prepared mental health activities; Wednesday is Wonderful Wednesday and the young people will encourage everyone to get involved; Thursday is Thinking Thursday when the young people will share fun riddles keeping everyone on their toes and finally, Friday is Funny Friday when the young people will keep everyone entertained with jokes!
P5/6 have also created a display in the community window within the village and are planning to update the information each week, eventually involving the whole school in this important work.
Head Teacher Anne McLean said: “I am so proud of P5/6 and their Dinnae Haud Yer Wheest project, which has been created in collaboration with Columba 1400.
“We have been working with Columba 1400 on improving the leadership skills of our children and young people. This project began at the beginning of the school year and is the culmination of a great deal of work
“After almost two years of the pandemic, our children and young people felt that it was important that people addressed their feelings and worked to improve their mental health. They also recognised that Scottish people aren’t great at sharing their feelings and that is how their project came about.
“P5/6 and whole school community want to see positive change, they want their peers, their parents and carers, grannies and grampas and everyone in the community to get involved. To share a compliment, a wee joke and most importantly Dinnae Hold Yer Wheest!
“On Monday the children had prepared compliments to share. They wrote ‘Everything seems brighter when you are around’, that is so true of P5/6 and all the children and young people from our school. The future seems bright when they are around.”
P5/6 have created a video to help explain their exciting new project - (28) Dinnae Haud Yer Wheest - YouTube