22/05/19

The Diana Award | Newsletter

We are proud to congratulate our Year 13 student, Sophia Badhan, on receiving the prestigious Diana Award for her work to raise awareness of mental health. In 2015, she was hospitalised for Anorexia Nervosa and took considerable time off school. Not only has she successfully reintegrated back into school and completed her GCSEs, she has dedicated her energy to raising awareness of mental health in education. As well as battling her ongoing health issues, Sophia has designed and executed school-based Wellbeing Workshops for Year 7 pupils called ‘Self-Care Isn’t Selfish.’ She was appointed as our school’s first ever Wellbeing Prefect and has continued to deliver presentations and assemblies in which she shares her story and tackles the stigma surrounding mental health. Sophia has embarked on a school-wide campaign to highlight the dangers of eating disorders and has encouraged people to sport funky socks in aid of the charity Beat. She also works closely with the Pastoral Team to improve the wellbeing of both staff and students, and she is a member of Think4Brum, a youth board dedicated to improving mental health services for young people in Birmingham.

Sophia was recently asked to speak at the national conference of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health, where she addressed 300 medical professionals and spoke about the importance of involving young people in improving health services. Additionally, Sophia welcomed Amber Rudd MP to the hospital where she was previously an inpatient and expressed her belief that mental health awareness now needs to translate into action made by the Government, in order to save the lives of young people and ensure they get the help and support they both need and deserve.

The Diana Award was set up as a lasting legacy to Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales and continues her belief that young people have the power to change the world. The Award is the highest accolade a young person can receive for their humanitarian work and social action. Sophia will be attending an awards ceremony at The House of Lords in July. We wish her every success in the future!