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'Beginning Brave Conversations' - a mental health talk

OB Jim Brown returns to offer insight into how we can protect our mental health, especially during lockdown
18 Feb 2021
Written by Jenni Barrett
OB News

At the beginning of February, the Development Office was delighted to host a virtual event for Old Brentwoods and current parents as part of the School’s Learning Community talks. The talk was given by Jim Brown (OB 1968-1975 and former staff member for 35 years) and took place to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Awareness week.

During the talk, Jim brought us his experience as a Non-Executive Director of Mental Health First Aid (2015-2020) and shared insights as a Mental Health First Aider which he has offered to businesses, such as JP Morgan, and as part of a government-funded training programme for over 2,000 state schools and teachers.

The talk was heavily attended with just under 200 individuals or families signing up to the event and was followed by a Q&A session for which we were joined by award-winning Health, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Consultant, Amy Mckeown. Throughout the session, there were many resources and websites referenced for further information and support which are listed below, and the recorded talk can be viewed via the School’s YouTube account by clicking here.

The global pandemic, multiple lockdowns, and changes to daily life have had various impacts both on society and on mental health. Whilst this talk was designed to remind attendees of coping strategies and how to support others who may be struggling, it was not intended to take the place of medical advice. Therefore if you or someone you know needs further support, please do not hesitate to seek advice from a GP or suitable medical practitioner.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Mental Health First Aider, please click here to be taken to their website or find it in the list of resources below.


Resources/Links for further support

NHS websites:

Every Mind Matters -

Every Mind Matters COVID-19 -


Place2be -

The Mental Health Foundation -

Mind -

Mental Health First Aid in England -

Bafta activities for kids -

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