Wellbeing is about both feeling good and functioning well in your day to day life. The things that we do and the way that we think affects our wellbeing.
There are five ways that we can boost our wellbeing:
- Connect… with people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school, college and in your local community.
- Be Active … go for a walk or a run. Step outside, cycle, play a game, dance, garden. Exercising makes you feel good.
- Take Notice…be curious, catch sight of the beautiful, remark on the unusual, be aware of the world around you, what you are feeling – savour the moment.
- Keep Learning … Try something new, discover a new interest, sign up for a course, learn to cook, paint, draw or play an instrument, challenge yourself.
- Give …. Do something nice for a friend or a stranger, thank someone, smile, volunteer your time, get involved in your community.
Improving wellbeing is proven to help with our physical health, our performance at school, college and work, and improving our quality of life.
CAMHS Mental Health Service and The Wellbeing Team provide child & adolescent mental health service
Young Minds provide advice on self-help and mental health/emotional well-being services
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults
BoingBoing provides opportunities to learn about resilience. We run regular Resilience Forums, develop Resilience Frameworks, books and other materials, and offer training and talks on resilient approaches to life’s challenges.
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Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkits:
The toolkit for Anxiety can be found here: www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/schools/anxiety-toolkit
The toolkit for Self harm can be found here: www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/self-harm-toolkit
NB: you will need to be logged in to access these resources. If you are not already registered and would like to access the mental health leads toolkit you can register here: www.healthyyoungmindsinherts.org.uk/user/register
Family Lives is a leading parenting and family charity, providing a range of services to parents and families across the country. We work around the clock, transforming the lives of families, making happier relationships, happier families and a stronger society.
Our experience enables us to help families with any problem or challenge that they face. Mental health, stress, problem behaviour, bullying, relationship and separation issues are just some of the key issues that we work with parents and professionals to resolve day in, day out. In particular, we have a long track record working with parents, teachers and teenagers on a wide range of children’s behaviour and family issues to improve children’s ability to achieve in school. Our trained family support workers, both paid and volunteer, offer all family members free immediate and on-going help on the phone, online or in local communities as below.
• helpline on 0808 800 2222 – information at www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/confidential-helpline
• online parenting group at www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/online-parenting-courses/parents-together
• downloadable leaflets at www.familylives.org.uk/about/news-blogs-and-reports/reports/our-reports
Healthy Young Minds in Herts School Self Review and Kite Mark for Emotional Wellbeing Awareness and Suicide Prevention Awareness documents: