Primary Schools go 'Inside Out' for Mental Health Awareness Month

On Thursday 25th May, the HeadStart team spent the day at The Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Local primary schools, who are part of the HeadStart programme, were invited along to two special screenings of the Disney film ‘Inside Out’ which takes the viewers on a journey of emotions and shows the resilience and determination of the main character Riley.

Schools who attended the free event also watched a HeadStart commissioned set of HeadStart SUMO animations for the first time.

The Lighthouse Theatre, Wolverhampton

The Lighthouse Theatre, Wolverhampton

What is SUMO?

SUMO stands for: Stop, Understand and Move On. There are six key principles which make up SUMO. These principles are:

  • Change Your T-shirt
  • Develop Fruity Thinking
  • Hippo Time is OK
  • Remember the beachball
  • Learn Latin
  • Dare to Dream

SUMO animations

Undergraduates from the University of Wolverhampton have been busy creating short animations based around each of the SUMO principles. The students have spent around 120 hours designing, creating and editing the animations frame-by-frame so that they can be used as a valuable resource. The first four SUMO principles have been developed into animations and were show for the first time at the event.

During the afternoon showing, the undergraduates attended the event and were awarded gifts as a token of appreciation from the HeadStart team. The SUMO animations were well-received by children and school staff who were seen smiling and laughing along to the animations.

Children and school staff who attended the event commented on how enjoyable the experience had been and one young boy commented:

“I loved it…thank you so much!”

A member of staff said:

“The children had a great time...many of them hadn't been to the cinema before!’

The HeadStart team would like to say a big thank you to all of the schools who attended the morning and afternoon viewings:

Elston Hall, St Teresa’s Catholic, Parkfields, Bilston CE, St Luke’s CE, Berrybrook and Bantock Primary Schools / Academies

We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the staff at The Light House Media Centre for helping HeadStart host the event and make the day a success!