Mental Health and Well-being

The World Health Organisation states that "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" and that "mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."
 
Mental health and well-being are fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, feel, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life and the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health is a vital concern of individuals and communities. At Wadebridge School we feel that good mental health and well-being can best be realised through creating a whole school culture that seeks to promote positive relationships throughout our community and implementing targeted and specific actions to promote the health and well-being of our students, parents and staff. In order to help us achieve this we are using the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mantal Health in Schools award as a recognised and respected quality mark in this area. More details of this scheme can be accessed here.
 
A variety of resources to support young people and their parents experiencing problems with mental health can be found here.
 
The Anna Freud: National Centre for Children and Families website has a range of help and advice:
MindEd for families has a wealth of high quality resources on topics such as: parenting tips; talking to a teenager; building confidence and resilience; anger and aggression; sleep difficulties, family relationship problems; drug and alcohol use; eating disorders; poor concentration and over-activity; flashback, trauma and bullying; mood swings and muddled thinking; sex and sexuality; autistic spectrum disorders, tics and twitches.
 
Headmeds is a website designed to give information relating to mental health conditions and medication.
 
Young Minds provides a wide range of resources for professional, pupils and parents, including tips for parents on supporting your child during exam times.
 
Di Lobbett's website Potent Parenting has many useful resources relating to bringing up children - Di works with the school on a regular basis and we can arrange for parents to receive a consultation.

Rethink Mental Illness @Rethink
School Mental Health @SchoolMHealth
Dr Pooky Knightsmith @PookyH
Natasha Deveon @_NatashaDevon
Young Minds @YoungMindsUK
Samaritans @samaritans
Mental Health Foundation @mentalhealth
Heads Together @heads_together
Time to change @TimetoChange
Mental Health First Aid England @MHFAEngland
 
 

The following articles and videos have been created by Pooky Knightsmith, an internationally respected commentator and writer on child and adolescent mental health.                                                                            

Blogs and Articles

Videos 

Recognising and responding to faulty thinking patterns

Managing angry outbursts using calm communication
Learning from angry, aggressive or anxious meltdowns - 5 whys

Helping Children Overcome School Refusal

How to Listen so Young People Feel Supported
 7 Simple Ways to Calm Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

Anxiety: 6 ways to make life more manageable
4 ideas for supporting a child with anxiety

 What Not to Say if a Child is Self-harming

 Promoting Positive Body Image

 4 strategies for Getting Through Panic Attacks

Eating Disorders: 10 Warning Signs 

 7 Guidelines for Supporting A Loved One with an Eating Disorder

 Using Mindful Moments to Reduce Anxiety

Self Help Recordings:

Please do not listen to any of these recordings if you are driving, in a moving vehicle, whilst operating machinery or at any other time where you need to maintain a state of full conscious awareness.   The best way to listen and get the most out of the recordings is when you are lying down on a sofa or bed, or sitting comfortably on a chair, making sure there are no distractions around you. 

Calm Down in 5 Minutes - Listen to this recording if you are feeling panicky, upset, angry, emotional or just need to calm down in general.

5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation - Take 5 minutes out of your day to relax, unwind, focus and clear your head. Daily practice of mindfulness is good for your mental and emotional health and well-being.

Guided Visualisation for Unwinding and letting go of Stress - This guided visualisation will take you on a little journey through a forest, helping you feel calmer, relaxed and more in control of your thoughts and feelings by the end of it.

Help to Fall Asleep at Night - If you are struggling to fall asleep at night or you find your mind becomes overactive the minute your head hits the pillow, then listening to this recording can help to distract your conscious mind and allow you to drift off in to a restful sleep.

Relieve Tension in the Body - Aching muscles? Tension Headache? Feeling Uptight? Listen to this recording to help you relax your body and mind and relieve tension. 

Learn to Relax - Guided Relaxation - Total mind and Body Relaxation. Start or end your day by giving yourself the gift of 20 minutes blissful relaxation. You're worth it!

All Recordings made for Wadebridge School by Cornwall Hypno. Click here for more information. 

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