World Mental Health Day at Talbot Heath


The Talbot Heath school community welcomed inspirational educational speaker James Shone, for World Mental Health Day to speak to pupils, parents and staff in a series of uplifting talks and assemblies. James is from the charity “I can and I am” which aims to inspire confidence in every individual and to help them to maintain good mental health. The charity was founded by James Shone who visits hundreds of schools and businesses every year speaking to educators, parents, pupils and employees.

James spoke about ‘Inflating Balloons of Self-Belief’ and focused on how everyone needs to find their own talent, skill and purpose to help with their self-belief and positivity. He recognised how self-belief is a big challenge due to the array of contributing factors placed on young people today – predominantly those created by the demands of social media – but offered relevant and relatable steps on how to overcome these challenges.

Following a 16-year teaching career and having been offered a job as Headmaster in 2012, James was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After 27 hours of brain surgery, James unfortunately lost the majority of his sight; however, James is a man who embodies a positive attitude to life and a determination to turn setbacks into springboards. As a teacher, this was at the heart of his pastoral message and his focus now is on spreading the messages of ‘I Can & I Am’ to as many individuals across the UK and beyond as possible; the heart of his charity is to inspire confidence in every individual to enable them to know who they are and what they are able to do, rather than focusing on what they can’t.

World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme ‘Mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right.

Thanks go to James Shone for his truly inspirational talks and to Jo Brown for organising the visit.

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