World Mental Health Day takes place on the 10th of October every year. The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day covers “psychological first aid”. There are lost of posters, resources and ideas available to support activities for this day on various websites such as : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/your-organisation/events/love-hastings-love-yourself-world-mental-health-day-2016 http://www.youngminds.org.uk/helloyellow http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/en/ As a teacher and… Continue reading World Mental Health Day October 10 2016. Resources for schools
Take Away Revision Box I read with great interest yesterday a tweet by Natasha Devon highlighting that ChildLine reported a 200% increase in children phoning who are unable to cope with exam stress, that’s 34,000 pupils in 2015 alone. According to Miss Devon, who is the Department for Education’s mental health champion ‘Young people mental… Continue reading Reducing Exam Stress – introducing the Revision Take Away Box
We are all so busy. We all have an excuse for not looking after ourselves. Yet our health is our wealth and if we do not look after all aspects of our health including our mental health we will not perform at our best or live life to the fullest. Our pupils are the same.… Continue reading Pupil well being – 10 minutes a day self time.
At the moment I am like a busy squirrel collecting resources for the new Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE specification. As a health promoter as well as a teacher I am delighted too that one of the main objectives of the specification is that : “students must understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health… Continue reading Pupil Well being – Food, Mood and Health Game.
I love the new addition to my classroom, the stretch and challenge wall. It give pupils choices, motivates them and pushes them out of their comfort zone. Its only been in my classroom for about 5 weeks now and it clearly has benefits but it may never be as beneficial as the calm wall or… Continue reading Well Being – The Calm or Reduce Stress Wall
A whole school assembly using Audrey Hepburn’s legacy of caring to explain the importance of emotional intelligence in mental health.
This is a lesson plan that includes a power point, reflection activity and plenary at the bottom on an important topic, the role of food in mental health. It has worked very effectively for me with ages from 12 -18. It is a sensitive topic but a very important one. Please feel free to… Continue reading Teaching about Food and Mood!
Mental is a word which has far too long been regarded in negative terms and is largely equated with mental illness. Mental illness is often misunderstood; it frightens people and attaches an enormous amount of stigma. People are resistant to the thought of children having mental health problems; with many believing it to be a… Continue reading Why Mental Health policies should be a priority in schools?
Tonight on Channel 4 Edna O’ Brien, the 80-year-old Irish writer give out some sterling advice. She said “never lose your feelings” as she admitted to often feeling lonely and that her “gift of language has been her bread and wine”. As a fellow Irish woman, I admit that my love of education has been… Continue reading Why schools need to talk about mental health?