A Sixth Form committee held a special assembly to raise awareness of a national mental health initiative.

Rydal Penrhos’ Health and Wellbeing Committee spoke in front of the entire senior school on Thursday, February 6 on the importance of Time to Talk Day.

Head Girl Millie Collins, Head Boy Ioan Peake-Jones, Harry Hackman, Tallulah Batley, Cerys Cuddihy, Richard Wolfendale, Bijou Rajagopal and Sydney Van Den Broeck spoke about the significance of Time to Talk and urged those who are having problems to speak with their peers, to older members of the Rydal Penrhos community or teaching staff.

A video was shown surrounding the campaign, which promotes talking honestly and openly about mental health issues.

Rydal Penrhos has strong pastoral structures within the school, with the additional layer of support provided by school counsellor, Tracey Boothby.

Reverend Nick Sissons also lends a key support from a spiritual, emotional and pastoral perspective, with Alison Hind overseeing this framework as Head of Pastoral Care.

Senior School head Sally Ann Harding, said: “Time to Talk Day is an extremely important awareness campaign and it was great to see our Sixth Form Health and Wellbeing Committee lending their support.

“Feeling confident enough to speak about your issues goes a very long way, and we are proud to have plenty of options available to our pupils should they need to speak about any specific problems they may be having.”