CHILDREN at two mid Cheshire primary schools have been learning how the mind matters, as they played their part to support World Mental Health Day.

Pupils at Weaverham Primary Academy and Oak View Academy, in Winsford, wore yellow to help raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health.

Money was collected to support the #HelloYellow campaign organised by charity YoungMinds, which says three children in every classroom have a mental health problem and fears lockdown has exacerbated the issue.

Jo Price, headteacher at Weaverham Primary Academy, said: “The current uncertainty we are living through is tough for everybody, and that includes children.

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Weaverham Primary youngsters support World Mental Health Day

"They need to know that they don't have to suffer loneliness, anxiety or depression alone and wearing yellow for the day, and encouraging them to express themselves, helps to show them they are valued and cared for."

Youngsters at the schools – which are run by North West Academies Trust – also enjoyed activities and workshops to boost their mental health and wellbeing.

Fiona Whittaker, headteacher at Oak View Academy, added: "The mental health of our children comes above all else, and these days really help to keep this in focus.

“All our classes were asked to think about their mental health through a range of lessons, and I read a story in assembly designed to raise awareness of how we can all help each other.”