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INSIDE OUT DAY: Hertfordshire schools sign up to suicide awareness day set up by siblings 

 Published on: 27th January 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three local sisters of a woman who sadly took her own life have created a new initiative that a number of Herts schools have signed up to.

Johanna Novick, along with her two sisters Julie Borlant and Janie Jackson-Spillman, are holding the first ever Inside Out Day for Children’s Mental Health Week in memory of their sister, Jenny Jackson, who took her own life just after her 40th birthday four years ago.

The day will take place on Thursday, February 6 and calls for children and adults alike to wear an item of clothing inside out as a way of making us all stop and think about how someone may look alright on the outside but inside they may be feeling sad or worried. 

Inside Out Day will feature in schools across the county including Immanuel College, Bushey; Royal Masonic School, Rickmansworth; Clore Shalom, Shenley; Garston Manor, Watford; Radlett Prep, Manor Lodge School and Newberries Primary, all from Radlett and more.

The true aim of the day is to remind everyone to always be kind and think of others as no one knows how another person may be feeling. 

The sisters are asking schools, mental health charities and anyone with an interest in tackling our current society’s mental health crisis to get on board and support this initiative.

Johanna, whose idea it was to start the campaign, said: “Mental health is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. Social media can often disguise reality making everyone else look like they’re happy and leading wonderful lives, even when they’re not. We just want to let children know it’s ok not to be ok and that no one is perfect, even though they may look it.   

“Both children and adults lose their lives to suicide all the time. We just want to get people talking openly so that they don’t reach breaking point.”   

For further information please contact the Inside Out Day team on info@insideoutday.org.uk or call on 07771 527333.

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