The River Thames outside DLD College London

Mental Health Awareness Week

17th May 23

This week DLD College welcomed Henry Grace from Oppidan Education as part of our ongoing activities for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Henry is a Mental Health Mentor and spoke with the students about the importance of understanding Mental Health in the education sector. He also spoke around the different type of support available to our students both inside and outside of school.

Henry gave an open and honest account of his own Mental Health Journey and how depression can manifest itself in many forms. He spoke of his own learning as he navigated his mental health journey. Perhaps the most important message he shared with students was around ‘asking for help’ and that ‘helping others helps you’ – a message which resonated clearly with the colleges caring values of tolerance, kindness, and respect. Henry – a song/songwriter by trade closed the session playing us a beautiful folk song he had written, allowing our students a reflective space to ponder what they had just learnt.

The college is hoping to continue the relationship with Oppidan Education, in delivering more power speeches for our wellbeing provision and to explore a mentoring programme for our incoming Yr.9 cohort.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week and during the exam period for students, we have included resources below for parents and students to access for guidance on anxiety:

Tipsheet Coping With Anxiety

Navigating Exam Season Guide For Parents