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High Sheriff of Oxford brings SANE’s Black Dog to Oxford schools
Added: 27th Apr 2018

SANE is delighted to announce that the High Sheriff of Oxford is bringing its successful Black Dog Campaign to schools and colleges around Oxford.

Richard Venables, sworn in as the new High Sheriff of Oxford earlier this month, has bought a four-feet tall Black Dog sculpture which was named Sirius at a fundraising dinner at d’Overbroeck’s School on Thursday, 26th April, marking the start of the dog’s journey around Oxfordshire.

Mr Venables will be working with the Oxfordshire Schools Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Network.

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.

Mr Venables said: “I am delighted to be raising money and support for the SANE Black Dog campaign.  I was keen to raise the issue of mental health in Oxfordshire’s schools and high education establishments as I have become increasingly aware of the impact this is having on our school children and students. 

“The Black Dog Campaign is both innovative and eye catching.  It will provide a great talking point but more importantly is backed up by support from SANE.”

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."

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