Boys turn yellow for World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018

Head boy Seb with fellow Year 6 pupils Alex, Max and Harrison.

A 10-year-old boy from Monmouth is leading a campaign to raise awareness among his peers of mental health.

Seb has tackled the Three Peaks Challenge and is raising money for Young Minds, a UK charity which supports children and young people’s mental health.

Seb is the new Head Boy at Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, which saw an explosion of colour today (Wednesday 10th October) in support of World Mental Health Day.

“Mental health is a very important issue and we should try to help young people to live happier lives without worry,” said Seb, who raised more than £400 for Young Minds through a cake sale and by selling yellow headbands.

“Young Minds is a charity that helps young people with mental health issues and I just wanted to put the message out there.

“Young Minds is my chosen charity for year and I am hoping to raise awareness of the charity and as much money as I can.”

A keen rugby player and cross-country runner Seb successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge with his dad, Gary, raising £280.

Seb and his mother, Gayle, are now busy planning other fund-raising events, including a lads versus dads cricket match, hopefully for next summer.

Headteacher of Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: “I am exceptionally proud of Seb for raising awareness of mental health and the Young Minds charity.

“In fact, I have never come across such a focus on mental health awareness in a prep school before.

“The whole school joined together to support World Mental Health Day and the explosion of yellow was spectacular.”