CHILDREN have been learning more about their mental health with the help of some "friendly monsters".

Pupils of the Bow School, in Durham, spent last week learning about their emotions as part of events to mark World Mental Health Day.

With the help of a gang of friendly monsters called Thinky, Sparky, Snug and Giggles, children have been talking about concentration, creativity, relaxation and positivity – strategies that can be transferable to many areas of life both academically and in the wider world.

Headteacher Sally Harrod said: “At Bow, we believe in our wellbeing and we also believe in supporting other people’s wellbeing too.

"This week we wanted our children to appreciate the importance of looking after their mental health and help raise money for two mental health charities.

“The children have taken part in Mindful Monsters activities and each day the whole school had the same theme and focused on different behaviours.”

And at the end of the week, they raised more than £200 for mental health charities Young Minds and Scope by dressing up in yellow.

The school has just introduced wellbeing and mindfulness into the curriculum, teaching its pupils how to understand thoughts, feelings and how to regulate emotions.

Year Two teacher Victoria Younger, who developed the initiative said: “We truly believe that by teaching the children these skills they will have the best chance of achieving their full potential.”