Adwoa Aboah brings ‘Gurls Talk’ to North Manchester
On Wednesday this week, we proudly welcomed activist and supermodel Adwoa Aboah in partnership with Speakers for Schools to speak to our pupils and conduct a workshop with our pupils. The session told Adwoa’s inspiring story and provided a further opportunity for a conversation around mental health and wellbeing.
Adwoa addressed a group of our Year 11 pupils, sharing with them her personal journey with mental health and what helped her to recover from a difficult period in her life. The session consisted of a talk from Adwoa, followed by an interactive audience Q&A where pupils were able to ask her questions about her story.
Following this, a smaller group of pupils took part in a workshop with Adwoa and Tally Fosh, a qualified psychotherapist and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Pupils were encouraged to share their views and deepen their thoughts on different subjects associated with emotional health and wellbeing. At the end of the workshop, spokespeople from each group were asked to share what the group had learnt and what they felt about the topic.
Our pupils were delighted to welcome Adwoa to our school. One pupil said, “It was a privilege to hear her journey and to continue to encouraged to have open discussions with others, even if the topics may seem difficult to speak about.”
At the academy we have a wide range of strategies in place to make sure that our pupils feel supported and this has been recognised as a real strength of our school. Our pupil Mental Health Ambassadors promote a range of opportunities throughout the academic year that focus on mental health and wellbeing and there is a range of additional support services that are also available should our pupils need to access them, such as the school counsellor and school nurse.
Honoured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe list for 2019, 27-year-old Adwoa Aboah is the co-founder of the highly influential and respected forum Gurls Talk, which acts as an open social platform for women to discuss an array of topics and experiences in a safe and judgement- free environment.
Leading from her personal experiences with mental health, activist and supermodel Adwoa Aboah founded Gurls Talk to be a completely open platform on which anyone and everyone can share their experiences in a safe, judgement-free space. Absolutely nothing is taboo for Gurls Talk and they are proudly comprised of a beautifully diverse mixture of people from across the globe. As well as existing in the digital space, where they welcome all to contribute and collaborate, they host free events as often as they can to bring their community together to share, talk and listen about issues which are important to them.