Prioritising mental health at JFS

Prioritising mental health at JFS

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Ora Hayes started this petition to Jewish Free School

7th June 2021 was Mia Janin’s 15th birthday a girl in my year group at jfs who I didn’t know so well but was brutally bullied for such a long time that she decided to take her life not much more than 3 months ago. Since then all jfs did was bring in counsellors for a week and then leave us to our own devices. We had an assembly on the same day introducing our interim head teacher and not once did they mention mia or bullying or prioritising mental health but acting like the school will become a military site where all they care about is behaviour punctuality and uniform. It needs to be known that JFS has not taken accountability for their role in this tragic incident but that they have not done anything to further support anybody and they claim they want their students to feel safe. Please sign this so that everyone has a better experience at this school and feels like they do not have to be scared to go to school. One of my teachers heard about my petition and told me that the new behavioural system is all about safeguarding and so was being put into action for our safety. Regardless of safeguarding, people in the school who have declining mental health or serious diagnosed mental illnesses are not being supported enough. I acknowledge that some children that the school are aware of are checked up on however there are many other children that are not going to come forward on their own to ask for help. School should be both a place for learning and support. Some children don’t feel safe at home and so coming to school is important for them but if there is no help for them there then they are uncomfortable wherever they are. I am not asking to get rid of what a school is but I am begging for awareness to be more engraved into both society and school life. Whether it’s workshops, mandatory lessons or more wellbeing staff or even all, a change must be made!

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