Mental wellbeing boosted by coffee, cake and chat

Dozens of students attended the first ever school mental wellbeing coffee and cake event.

Around 70 people turned up at The King Alfred School, an Academy, in Highbridge, Somerset for home-baked cakes that had been made to raise awareness of mental health.

The event was called Time To Talk, a no-phone zone, and a chance to talk with peers, teachers or workers from the charities In Charleys’ Memory and Somewhere House.

TKASA is an academy that puts big emphasis on mental wellbeing and a wide-ranging curriculum to build self-esteem.

Izzy Simmons, aged 15, said: “It was a brilliant opportunity for young people to come together and a chance to open up to others about any possible ongoing problems students have.

“There was no phones so it was like a small community just like things used to be, face to face. We would like to make this event more regular.”