Portsmouth High School hosted a Wellbeing Conference for girls in Years 11 and Sixth Form and brought together girls from across the city. Girls from Purbrook Park and Mayville joined Portsmouth High School students for a series of presentations and workshops focusing on resilience and confidence which ultimately can lead to happiness.
‘Having supported the mental health charity Mind this year,’ said Head Girl Ellie Webb, 18, ‘we decided that the focus for the Conference should be about improving wellbeing and supporting others to do the same.’
Dr Graeme Fairchild from Southampton University spoke about the university’s English and Romanian Adoptees study (ERA) which examines the effects of diversity on development and shows that changing a child’s environment can lead to dramatic improvement across many indicators of wellbeing.
Mrs Beth Laitt, an architect with Depth Architects, spoke about the contribution of good design to a healthier and happier workplace and Ms Abby Crowe a Peer Supporter and Heads Up project coordinator with Solent Mind gave the girls an insight into the work she does with schools and colleges to provide students with facts to ensure mental health discrimination becomes a thing of the past.
The girls moved on to participate in workshops, from yoga to design for wellbeing, before joining together again for a question and answer session from the visiting speakers.
‘This was a chance for us all to really focus on wellbeing in and out of the workplace,’ said Ellie. ‘Design, surroundings and the teams we work with all have an effect on us and we can carry forward all the ideas we have heard about today to make informed choices in the future.’