Mental Health Awareness Week: Greenhouse Sports and Impact on Urban Health Spearhead Mental Health Awareness in Schools

Published on April 28, 2023 by Ben Wyatt
Girls participation Partnerships

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re highlighting our impactful collaboration with Impact on Urban Health. Together, we’re determined to shed light on the importance of mental well-being within school environments.

The journey from primary to secondary school can be a daunting one, particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Recognising the profound impact that anxiety and mental health challenges can have on young minds, both organisations are striving to ensure that every child receives the support they need during this critical transition.

We have been collaborating with Impact on Urban Health to support their initiative in making schools a more nurturing and supportive environment for children, particularly in the crucial area of mental health support during the challenging transition from primary to secondary school. As part of this effort, three Greenhouse Sports coaches are now dedicated to working with approximately 300 children in years 5 to 9.

“All children deserve strong and positive mental health, and schools play an important role in creating nurturing spaces where every child can thrive. Greenhouse Sports has had a huge impact on the children, schools, and communities they support, and we’re delighted to fund and work on this project,” said Julika Niehaus, Portfolio Manager for Impact on Urban Health.

In an era where existing support systems often fall short, the coaches step in as invaluable allies for children who require additional care and guidance. Their unwavering commitment ensures that no child is left behind, bridging the gaps and offering assistance that complements existing services such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

“It is a tribute to all Greenhouse Sports staff and trustees that Guy’s and St Thomas’ place their faith in our organisation and coaches to deliver this pioneering study into a public health concern that particularly affects young people from among the poorest in our society,” said CEO Beatrice Butsana- Sita.