d’Overbroeck’s was delighted to host a charity fund raising dinner on the 26th of April in aid of The Black Dog campaign.
SANE, Oxfordshire Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Network and Oxfordshire MIND have come together to take The Black Dog campaign to as many schools, colleges and educational establishments as possible to enable students and teachers to be able to talk openly about mental illness. It is estimated that one in 10 young people experience a mental health problem which, if left untreated, can continue into adulthood. So it is vital that young people become aware of the symptoms of mental ill-health and feel able to talk freely without the fear of being judged or discriminated against.
The Black Dog campaign is championed by Richard Venables who was sworn in as the new High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in April. Richard is a former student of d’Overbroeck’s and was delighted to return for a charity dinner to raise funds for this campaign.
Emma-Kate Henry, Principal of d’Overbroeck’s: “We are delighted to be the first school in Oxfordshire to welcome the Black Dog statue. This symbol will stay at d’Overbroeck’s for 2 weeks before moving on to further schools and we are proud to support such an important charity campaign.”
Richard Venables, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, said:
“I am delighted to partner with d’Overbroeck’s School to fund the High Sheriff’s Black Dog at the fund raising dinner. It was an amazing night where we raised approximately £7,500 which funds the production of this wonderful Black Dog and provide back up support through SANE, the national mental health charity. As High Sheriff I have decided to champion issues affecting Oxfordshire’s youth and I have become acutely aware of the increasing problem of mental health. My aim is to get this Black Dog into as many of Oxfordshire’s secondary schools and higher education establishments to raise the awareness of mental health. The dog looks resplendent on his plinth and is already attracting great interest. The students of d’Overbroeck’s have the privilege of naming the dog, so hopefully he will be christened in the next few weeks. I am especially pleased because I attend d’Overbroeck’s in the mid 1980’s.”
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said: “Richard has been instrumental in developing POWIC, SANE’s research centre in Oxford. We are delighted that he has now become an ambassador for our charity, and excited by his vision of raising awareness and making it easier for young people and families to seek help. We really hope that this will be repeated in other towns and cities.”