Author visits Brookmans Park school as part of mental health drive

PUBLISHED: 13:40 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:40 06 November 2017

Author Dr Lynda Shaw at Brookmans Park School. Picture credit Kat Shaw.

Author Dr Lynda Shaw at Brookmans Park School. Picture credit Kat Shaw.

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Brookmans Park Primary School pupils were visited by a neuroscientist and best-selling author as part of a drive to combat mental health issues.

Author Dr Lynda Shaw at Brookmans Park School. Picture credit: Kat Shaw.Author Dr Lynda Shaw at Brookmans Park School. Picture credit: Kat Shaw.

Dr Lynda Shaw, author of ‘Beat the Bullies – use your brain’, ran workshops with the children before discussing happiness, bullying and the use of positive language.

It was the latest in a series of mental health-focused events, which have been designed to empower youngsters and instil confidence that they are in control of situations they may face.

Dr Shaw said: “I was thrilled to be at Brookmans Park School and so happy that they are open to empowering their children to be well-rounded individuals. This is a school that is really making a difference.

“By understanding a little bit about how the brain works, children can develop empathy and understanding of others.

“They can learn to see the value of each person regardless of differences, which in turn empowers all children, meaning they are far more likely to be kinder to one another.”

Brookmans Park teacher Kat Shaw, who helped organise the event, added: “Mental health has been a priority this year, which is why we kicked off the academic year with the ‘Happy Children Well-being Conference.’

“We have already seen the positive effects of mindfulness practice across the school and how it has improved learning, which is why we wanted to build onto these foundations.”

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