Guidance for professionals in Gloucestershire working with young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns
Articles, Leaflets and Campaigns
Articles, campaigns and blogs about depression, self-esteem, anxiety, stress, mindfulness and the stigma attached to mental health.
5 ways to wellbeing
- Helping others improves our mood - Daily Mail
- Easy ways to make someone's day
- A video on compassion
- Can You Click Your Way To Happiness? - about Happify
- Social media linked to teenage anxiety - BBC
- The anxiety survival guide, how to conquer your worries - Telegraph
- Meercat brain video
- 5 tips on how you can help someone with depression
- Damaging myths about depression
- Depression: 10 ideas for making it through the darkest days
- Cara Delevinge opens up about her struggles with depression
- Rates of depression have soared in past 25 years
- I had a black dog, his name was depression - this YouTube video simply explains depression and encourages people to get help
Empathy - Brene Brown
What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities
Meeting us where we're at
Mindfulness improves mental health and wellbeing. Mindfulness interventions have been shown to help address the problems of the young people who take part and reduce their worries, anxiety and distress, and improve behaviour, sleep and self-esteem. YouTube has some really good videos on Mindfulness:
- Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower
- How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg
- A brilliant 2-minute explanation of mindfulness practice from Happify
Natasha Devon is a writer and was government’s first ever mental health champion for schools, education and childcare. She co-founded the Body Gossip education programme and the Self-Esteem Team, which is designed to educate teenagers, teachers and parents about mental health and body image issues.
Ruby Wax is a comedienne and mental health campaigner Ted Talks - Ruby Wax - What's so funny about mental illness?
- New guide for parents for parents who are coping with their child's self harm
- Beyond Fed Up – self-harm, a young person's perspective
- Children and Young People hospitalised for self-harm 2015/16
- How to explain why you self-harm to people who don't understand - The Mighty
- Is it wrong to jokily call someone mental? - BBC
- Inappropriate "mental patient" Halloween outfits - BBC News - The Guardian
- How people treat mental illness vs how people treat physical illness
- I'm fine really
- Stigma image
Time to Change
Time to Change is England's biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. Their website includes lesson plans and information for professionals to use with young people.
Zoella is a fashion and beauty vlogger, YouTuber, and author who has also spoken out about her anxiety.
For Young Men
Boys and mental health
How do you solve the problem of "banter"? Natasha Devon
The Self Esteem team made a You Tube video "Switch on the Light" featuring seven high-profile men, including Stephen Fry and Professor Green. They were asked the simple question: Tell us your worry. These varied enormously from "will I be a good parent?" to "I never feel that I deserve the things I have been blessed with".
Professor Green is a rapper and singer/songwriter who lost his father to suicide and has spoken out to encourage young men to talk about their mental health.
Professor Green is a patron of The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.
Girl's Confidence and Self Esteem
The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is a worldwide marketing/public relations campaign launched in 2004 that includes advertisements, video, workshops, sleepover events and the publication of a book and the production of a play. The principle behind the campaign is to celebrate the natural physical variation embodied by all women and inspire them to have the confidence to be comfortable with themselves. Dove's partners in the effort include such marketing and communications agencies as Ogilvy & Mather, Edelman Public Relations, and Harbinger Communications (in Canada). Part of the overall project was the "Evolution" campaign.
Famous Faces Without Makeup
Taking exercise can improve your mental health and self confidence. "This Girl Can" is a nationwide campaign to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size and ability
#LikeAGirl is the Always’ campaign to keep girls' confidence high during puberty and beyond. Using #LikeAGirl as an insult is a knock against any adolescent girl and can have a huge impact on a girl's self-confidence.
At last there's no shame in acting like a girl - Telegraph
The Mental Health Handbook for Primary School, Belinda Heaven
Many young people live with an adult family member who has mental health issues or may face problems themselves. An increasing number of young people have a diagnosed mental health disorder and incidences of self-harm and eating disorders are on the rise.
This comprehensive programme will help teachers deal sensitively with these issues, and includes:
- Background information and clear guidance, including working with parents and answering children’s questions.
- PowerPoint material for staff.
- Wide-ranging lesson materials with comprehensive teacher notes and photocopiable resources.
- Glossary of Terms and Resource Directory.