Mental health Month

How do you stay healthy?
 
You might think about the things you do every day  to look after your body, like eating food, being active and making sure you get enough sleep. But did you know that it’s important to look after your mind too? And did you know that some of the things you do to look after your body can help your mind?
 
The children’s charity Place2Be wants all children and adults to think about how they look after their bodies and minds. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel good, do well and deal with difficult things that happen!
 
Here are three tips from Place2Be about being ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’    Pick something you already do to look after yourself and try to notice how it makes you feel.
For example, eating fruit, playing football in the playground, reading a relaxing story at bedtime. When you do it, do you feel happy? Excited? Full of energy? Calm? Why do you think you feel like that? 
 
Ask your family, friends and teachers about what they do to look after themselves.  Do they have any good ideas? Why do they do it? How do they make sure they keep doing it?   
 
Decide one new thing you can do to look after your body and your mind. It doesn’t have to be big or tricky – and you could find a friend to do it with you!
For example, you could try to drink only one fizzy drink a week, or do five star jumps every playtime,  or do something relaxing to help you sleep better.  Keep a diary or a blog about how it makes you feel. If it doesn’t work, it’s OK to try something else! Find something that makes you feel Healthy: Inside and Out.

Remember – everyone’s bodies and minds are different. There’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind and no one is perfectly healthy.
People might pick different things that help them feel Healthy: Inside and Out, and that’s OK. If you’re not sure about something, you can find an adult who you trust to talk to – it could be someone in your family, a teacher, or someone else in school.
Sleep tips
 
Advice from Year 6
l Do something relaxing before bed (e.g. drink hot chocolate, have a bath, read/listen to a story)
l Don’t do exciting things before bed like playing computer games or watching TV l Keep the bed tidy – make sure any books and toys aren’t stopping you being comfy, though a soft toy is sometimes nice to cuddle
Ask your child  to take one of these pieces of advice themselves.
 
Some soundtracks to listen to ,to  help soothe before bed:
 

The following is a list of organisations that can provide mental health support or help with individual queries

If you are a child or young person and are concerned about your mental health then speak as soon as possible to an adult that you trust. This could be a parent (or other family member), a teacher, or a doctor (GP). If you are not sure who to talk to you can telephone Childline or The Samaritans (contact listed below).

Immediate help

Childline (for children and young people only)
0800 1111 (UK), 24 hours a day
chat: chat online email web: www.childline.org.uk

Available 24 hours a day for children and young people, help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

 


Offers advice and support to service users; has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.

For teachers and everyone working in education to boost health, happiness and wellbeing through individual support and great management. 

NHS mental health services
Find local mental health services on the NHS website.
You can also get advice from NHS 111 phone service.

Mental health and wellbeing information

Young Minds
web: www.youngminds.org.uk

YoungMinds is the UK's leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

The Mix

website: www.themix.org.uk

Honest information and support for young people in the UK on a range of issues.

Mental Health Foundation
website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Charity improving the lives of those with mental health problems or learning disabilities.


MindEd
website: www.minded.org.uk

At its heart, MindEd provides practical knowledge that gives adults confidence to identify a mental health issue and act swiftly, meaning better outcomes for the child or young person involved..