As a parent of an 18-year-old 6th form student involved with Student Life, I would like to convey my thoughts on how I feel the creation of Student Life has benefited my daughter as well as other students.
Louise has been involved with writing articles predominantly within the Mental Health section of the magazine, inspired mainly from her own mental health experiences. I feel this opportunity has been of huge support to Louise, in that she has been able to speak freely and openly about a topic affecting her personally, which even in today’s society still has a stigma attached to it. By writing such articles, Louise and all the students involved with the magazine are, beyond doubt, going to have an extremely positive impact on other students who may be suffering silently – young people will be encouraged to seek help.
As a family, we recently attended the official launch of Student Life, where we were given the chance to view a film made by the students, based on their own mental health experiences, which I understand is potentially going to be shown to young people in other schools. It was clear from watching the film that the students themselves benefited tremendously from taking part. They were all obviously passionate about helping others, expressing themselves in an extremely articulate manner, reiterating how important it is to seek help. This film cannot fail to leave a lasting impression with every pupil in every school.
Student Life is a project for students, by students, which covers a variety of topics, some of which are sensitive. As a parent, I look forward to my daughter being able to continue her work with the magazine and what is a very exciting, dynamic and forward-thinking venture, committed to the well-being of our young people.