Health and Wellbeing - Key Stage 5
Here are a list of resources which we have found to be useful in teaching PSHE and around the wider curriculum of promoting health and wellbeing. None of these are endorsed by us and as in our disclaimer, we are not responsible for any of their content, however we hope you may find some of them useful.
Health and Wellbeing
Guidance, Resources and Advice
Youth Health Talk - Some great resources and articles on popular topics like Depression, Health and Weight, and Cancer.
Direct Gov - Department of Health
What does your period cost you? - a great video from the BBC.
A new text messaging service offering the county’s 11-19 year olds confidential advice about their health and wellbeing. ChatHealth is a service offered by Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) NHS Trust School Nursing Team.
Messages sent to the dedicated number 07507 333351 are delivered to a secure website, and responded to by a GCS School Nurse.
The service is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. Automatic bounce-backs will respond to incoming messages out of hours.
The aim is to further improve access to healthcare for young people, and will offer support relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues. Examples include - relationships, bullying, healthy lifestyle, anxiety, drugs, smoking, stress, body worries, alcohol, self-harm and sexual health.
Although the service is confidential and young people do not need to disclose their name, if there is a concern for an individual’s safety, there are safeguarding procedures in place. Young people will still be able to see a School Nurse face to face in a school / college drop in or other settings.
Funding research to save lives
How organ donation is saving lives today: 90% of transplants are kidneys. There is a shortage of these organs and every day in the UK 3 people die, due to this shortage. Learning and discussing this subject will encourage people to think about signing up to the organ donor register.
Using engaging language and personal experiences we encourage students to talk about:
- the issues of organ donation
- the reasons why people do/don't sign up
- the future- and could this even be a career they might consider?
- It works best with students in years between 9 and 13.
- It can be designed to emphasise the ethical aspects, if that is wanted.
- The session lasts about 50 minutes, and is a PowerPoint presentation. We see to everything.
- We can be flexible about dates and times, and there is no charge.
Geoff and Lily Gidley (Community Champions for “Kidney Research UK”)
glgidley@ gidley.co.uk 01452 311199
INTRODUCING OUR HEALTH UNCOVERED PODCASTS With Cel Spellman
Our new series of podcasts hosted by BBC Radio One presenter and actor Cel Spellman aim to get more young people in-tune with their health and wellbeing. Sexually transmitted infections, low-mood, self-harming, drugs, alcohol and everything else – Cel is lifting the lid on teenage health.
Life isn't always easy - and young people across the country have been helping us explore the issues that they’re facing today. From online bullying to sexual health, body image to mental health. They've been asking the questions you want to hear answered, joined by the health professionals that help young people, like school nurses and mental health specialists, to provide solutions, support and understanding.
Click here to view the full article where you will also be able to access ten audio shows, hosted by actor and BBC Radio 1 presenter Cel Spellman. The podcasts cover:
Series 1 - Episodes
#1 – Sexual health, STIs
#2 – Bullying, how it feels
#3 – Mental health, me and my emotions
#4 – Sexual health, are you ready?
#5 – Mental health, are you OK?
#6 – Grooming, could it happen to me?
#7 – Mental health, taking control
#8 – Mental health, asking for help
#9 – Social media, is this real life?
#10 – Substance misuse, know your choices
(to download, right click on image, 'save picture as')
Guidance, Resources and Advice
NHS Choices - Sexual Health - NHS advice, guidance and information on topics such as contraception, pregnancy and STIs.
Hope House - Free Sexual Health Services and where to find them in Gloucestershire
"At age 30, she wanted to commit suicide..." - a powerful animation highlighting the importance of resilience and suicide prevention that will resonate with young people.
World AIDS Day 2017
World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on 1st of December. Overview:
- Understanding HIV: Key facts
- Life with HIV in the UK today
- #LetsEndIt - What can you do to help end HIV?
To download the PowerPoint click on the link above.
Cancer awareness Education
Our fully-funded presentation, ‘Understanding Cancer Together’ introduces cancer in a sensitive way and builds on student’s existing knowledge, I explain what cancer is, who it can affect and what the main warning signs are. I also outline the main types of treatment to help make cancer less scary, as the more we understand, the better equipped we are for coping with it when it does happen to someone we know. I also discuss the wider impact of cancer not just for the person going through it but their family and friends, as often this is where students have experienced cancer. We at Teenage Cancer Trust like to equip students with the knowledge of how they can reduce their risk of cancer later in life, through healthy lifestyle choices as well as ensuring they feel confident to speak to health professionals by becoming the experts of their own body. In summary, we look at:
- What is cancer?
- Types of cancer
- Early warning signs
- The impact of cancer on young people
- Healthy living
- What we do and how students might get involved.
We deliver these sessions within a safe and structured environment approaching it from a sensitive, positive and empowering position. Our education programme has been mentioned as part of the 5-Year Cancer Strategy for England 2015-2020. We believe that by talking about cancer we can make a difference. I also thought you and your colleagues may also be interested to know that in July we held a Parliamentary reception to launch our Education Report which evidences the significant impact of our Education Programme in findings by Stirling University. You can read the article here (and access the full report with the link at the bottom) http://bit.ly/2aqoYDu Ideally, our presentation normally lasts for up to 60 minutes, but timings can be adapted to fit your normal lesson timings and are, as mentioned, fully-funded.
We’ve recently created a series of lesson plans on the HPV vaccinations: https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/about-us/what-we-do/cancer-awareness/resources#cervicalcancer
We also created a YouTube animation to explain what we do. Please feel free to share this with colleagues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEpiaQ3PkNQ
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