The week beginning April 17th 2017 was a ‘big news week!’ Ah you’re thinking, indeed it was; it was the week that the British Prime Minster, Theresa May, called a General Election. A surprise for many, the announcement came on the steps of 10 Downing Street at lunchtime on Tuesday 18th. The British media went in to overdrive.
Timing is everything I’m told and that’s why I am so sad that the really important news, the following day, was drowned out by politibabble coming from the politibubble.
On Wednesday 19th April, in the late morning, something really significant happened. The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) published the findings from their first global research project into Student Wellbeing. The findings were powerful and reinforce our need, globally, to do more to promote wellbeing across society.
What is interesting is that many of the countries, who feature really well in the global academic league tables, have some of the lowest wellbeing scores in the world and the UK, shamefully, comes in 10th from bottom.
As the political circus yet again rolls in to town and dominates everything and BREXIT will yet again feature front and centre, I urge all of you to remember that our future lies with our children and for them to face up to the inevitable, exponential rise in change and uncertainty that the coming decade will bring, we must do everything that we can to ensure that they feel valued and secure; that they feel positive and in control. We all need to work harder at finding ways to feel that our lives are more proactive and less reactive. We must start to prepare for that future by focusing more on our children, their mental health and their happiness.