Abbey Gate College Announces Partnership with Local Mental Health Service

Abbey Gate College has announced a charity partnership with Trauma Response Network (TRN). The organisation, set up by a survivor of the Manchester terror attack and his daughter, delivers essential emergency psychological support to victims of mass trauma events. 

Sean Gardner, Chairman of TRN, experienced the effects of mass trauma first hand. Following the Manchester terror attack, Chester-based Sean was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

With no emergency first aid available for mental health in the same way that ambulances and hospitals are available to support those with physical injuries, Sean alongside the EMDR Association, UK and Ireland launched TRN to deliver mental health services and therapy at a time when emergency resources are stretched.  

The College, where Sean’s daughters are both students, is planning a schedule of fundraising events to support TRN, including a spectacular variety show to showcase the talent of pupils across the school. A dedicated team of teachers and parents take part in events such as the Chester Half Marathon and the school’s annual sponsored walk. 

Mrs Pollard said: "The mental health and wellbeing of our pupils is always a priority so any cause we can support which helps with this is dear to our hearts, and the school ethos. We are proud to support such an amazing local charity."

In addition to raising funds, the College will benefit from extra-curricular activities organised by TRN. With a team of professional, qualified therapists on board, pupils will benefit from sessions about anxiety and how to cope with trauma.

Sean said: “Abbey Gate College is passionate about mental health education and this partnership is more than simply a fundraising exercise. We will be working to train teachers to help deliver some of our psycho-education and will be using the facilities at the school to train TRN therapists.”

Published: Monday, 3rd December 2018