This year’s National Children’s Mental Health Week is being run 5 – 12 February 2018. This gives us an ideal opportunity to encourage all our students to consider the good aspects of their personality, of their life and to celebrate being themselves – which is this year’s theme. Throughout the week all Houses will be promoting positive mental health and as a school, we are increasingly aware of the pressures faced with being a young person, living in a digital age. Students have access to a range of Pastoral support in school from counselling sessions that provide strategies to promote mental health and wellbeing, to Mindfulness techniques promoted through subjects that encourage a positive mind-set towards studying and work related stress. A range of extra-curricular sports, clubs and activities help focus the students and provide a vehicle to release emotional stress, details of which can be found on the school website. Additional support both in-house and our signposted agencies can also be found on the school website under Pastoral Care.
The following link provides students with practical advice and tips on how to manage low mood https://www.childline.org.uk/
Here are some of our top tips to encourage positive mental wellbeing;
- Do something you enjoy – this can help build confidence and increase self-esteem.
- Try to build positive relationships – try to associate with people who will not criticise you. If you spend time with positive and supportive people you are more likely to have a better self-image and feel more confident
- Learn to be assertive – being assertive means you value yourself and others, pay attention to your body language as well as the words you say – encouraging mutual respect.
- Look after your physical health – looking after your physical health can help you feel happier and healthier and improve your self image
- Ensure enough sleep – lack of sleep can cause negative feelings to be exaggerated and means you can be less confident.
- Diet – ensure a well-balanced diet at regular meal times with plenty of water.
- Set yourself a challenge – set yourself a (realistic) goal, you will feel proud of yourself when you achieve your goal and feel more positive about yourself as a result.
- Practice mindfulness – giving yourself the time to relax, mindfulness can help you enjoy the present moment and let go of negative thoughts that hold you back.