Our mental health is an extremely important part of our overall wellbeing. Where physical health is about how the body works, mental health is about how the mind works. This includes the way we feel, think, behave and cope with the things that happen in life, big or small.
Many people struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives. One in six children and young people are likely to have a mental health problem – that’s one young person in each six-person friendship group! (The Children’s Society, 2021). When our mental health is poor, many things in life can become difficult, tiring, upsetting and lonely. If you are worried about your mental health, there are things you can do to improve the way you feel and help you cope.
Where to Find Support?
Have a look through the mental health resources below, by clicking on the links. These resources are designed to provide some quick information on various mental health problems, to help you understand them and remember you are not alone. There are also lots of strategies and tips on how to improve your mental health from home.
Feeling anxious sometimes is completely normal. Anxiety is part of our body’s natural response to danger or threat. You can find out more about this topic and where to find support here.
Anger is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences sometimes. It can be part of our body’s response to feeling mistreated, wronged, hurt or threatened. You can find out more about this topic and where to find support here.
Low Mood & Depression Factsheet
Everybody experiences low mood sometimes, but depression is a mental health condition where a consistent and long-lasting low mood impacts the person’s ability to lead a normal life.
Grief and Bereavement Factsheet
Grief is the process we go through, and the mixture of emotions we feel, when we experience a bereavement. Most commonly, when someone close to us dies. You can find out more about this topic and where to find support here.
Self-esteem and Body Image Factsheet
Self-esteem is how we value and perceive ourselves, our personality and our appearance. It has a big impact on the way we feel and treat ourselves.
Self-harm is a general term for when someone purposefully causes harm to themselves. This can include causing harm through alcohol and drug misuse, putting themselves at risk in dangerous situations and neglecting their personal and physical needs.
Unhelpful Thinking Patterns
The way you think about things has a significant impact on the way you feel about yourself, your life and the world. Noticing these thought patterns is the first step towards seeing things slightly differently.
If you are struggling to cope on your own and you need support, there are people in school who you can talk to, in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Our wellbeing team offers two types of in-school support, including 1:1 support sessions with a Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer and 1:1 counselling sessions with a School Counsellor. If you would like to know more about in-school support, speak to your Year Leader or email firstname.lastname@example.org.