Mental Health Resources

Listed below are various links to articles which will help with understanding some issues in mental health in education and resources which provide support to both pupils and adults.

Background reading

On General Mental Health and Health & Wellbeing –

For school staff, youth workers and chaplains:-

The Challenge Facing Schools and Pupils‘ mentalhealth.org.uk’s guide on returning to school after lockdowns and the challenges for schools and pupils.

The presentation and slides by Dr. Rob Waller (The Mind and Soul Foundation) at CVE Scotland’s ‘Mental Health in Schools’ Zoom event on 30th November can be found here.

A Youthscape article highlighting some mental health challenges post Covid-19 lockdown

CVE Scotland’s Is Health and Wellbeing the Most Important Thing? blog

12 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2020‘ is a blog-style article written with the USA in mind but many of the issues apply over here.

For families:-

Kirsty Dean’s Mental Wellbeing Tips for Families with Children who are Working from Home, Social Distancing or Self-Isolating

On Mindfulness & Yoga –

CVE Scotland’s MIND and SOUL blog

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2251840-mindfulness-and-meditation-can-worsen-depression-and-anxiety/

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-cult-of-mindfulness-

https://www.reformation21.org/articles/mindfulness-or-the-mind-of-christ-1.php

https://www.e-n.org.uk/2018/10/features/mindfulness-is-it-useful/8172d/

Dr James May of the Christian Medical Fellowship speaks about Mindfulness and describes the differences between eastern meditation practices and biblical ones in a very helpful talk which you can listen to here:  https://www.cmf.org.uk/resources/media/?context=entity&id=56eedfc84a268ff283e2aba0e01ee144b0382be4

Dr Kate Middleton of the Mind and Soul Foundation speaks helpfully about Mindfulness in school in her talk entitled Mindfulness and resilience, weathering the storms of childhood and adolescence: https://www.mindandsoulfoundation.org/Media/AllMedia.aspx

On Body Image –

Mark Roques has written a piece for Baptists Together: ‘Kim Kardashian, selfies and the cult of physical perfection’ which is ‘a reflection on the dangers of idealising physical perfection’.

 

Resources for improving young people’s resilience and wellbeing

EDUCATIONHUB.CO.UK One of the best link pages to current and contemporary resources (Feb 2022)

EDUCATION.GOV.SCOT Positive mental wellbeing – resources to support children and young people

JIGSAWPSHE.COM “The mindful approach to PSHE” (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: an English curricular area). Resources for Early Learning, Primary and Secondary on Mental Health, building resilience, emotional literacy, etc.

YOUTHSCAPE https://www.youthscape.co.uk/store/themes/mental-emotional-wellbeing has many resources to buy including informational booklets, self-help and games for a wide range of mental health and emotional health topics of use for the individual, families, youth groups and school classroom.

YOUTHSCAPE’s Thrive is a classroom curriculum resource to support young people’s mental wellbeing through the Coronavirus pandemic. However, this is written for the English National Curriculum and may need some tweaking to fit in with the Scottish CfE.

TEN MUST KNOW BIBLE STORIES have assemblies and lesson plans for Bible stories which include themes of feeling unsafe or afraid and overcoming obstacles, all written for the Scottish Curriculum.

PRAYER SPACES IN SCHOOLS have ideas for setting up reflective spaces to adapt to suit Covid-19 restrictions

SCRIPTURE UNION ENGLAND AND WALES https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/mentalhealth has a handful of resources to use with different age groups from age 5 years upwards

MUSIC: Fischy Music and POP UK have songs available to download to help improve emotional wellbeing

BOUNCEBACK www.bounceback-program.com  Bounce Back! is a multiple award winning positive education approach to wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning for primary school children. It supports teachers and schools in their efforts to promote positive mental health, wellbeing and resilience for both students and teachers and build safe and supportive class and school learning environments. The resources have won awards including Silver Medal for ‘Best Community Project’ in Perth and Kinross council.

HEARTSMART https://church.heartsmart.school/ is supporting Church schools in building resilience and mental health in children

EMOTIONAL LOGIC CENTRE https://www.emotionallogiccentre.org.uk/ Emotional Logic is a personal development tool used by people of all ages to improve emotional intelligence in difficult situations

STARVING THE ANXIETY GREMLIN https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/products/children-and-anxiety/starving-anxiety-gremlin/ A unique and award-winning resource to help young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them, including panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, generalised anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, the techniques described help young people to understand why they get anxious and how they can ‘starve’ their anxiety gremlin in order to manage their anxiety.

This engaging workbook uses fun activities and real life stories, and can be used by young people aged 10+ on their own or with a parent or practitioner. It is also an ideal anxiety management resource for those working with young people, including mental health practitioners, social workers, education sector staff and youth workers.

TLG (TRANSFORMING LIVES FOR GOOD) Emotional First Aid – Free online training for adults to help them spot the signs of emotional distress in children and adults, and know how to respond to them effectively. www.tlg.org.uk/your-church/emotional-first-aid

MENTALLY HEALTHY TOOLKITS There are a number available by searching the internet and finding one most suitable for your purpose.

With families in mind:-

ENGAGE WORSHIP Jesus and Emotions: A Creative Journal for Families

PARENTING FOR FAITH have a helpful article based on a facebook broadcast, which has coaching tips for helping children through the Coronavirus crisis and links to many other resources

TOGETHER AT HOME Emotion cards will help children unpack their feelings with reference to Bible quotes

ACEs & TRAUMA SCOTLAND – this is a closed facebook group which is a forum for discussion and potential avenue for support around issues of Adverse Childhood Experiences and/or trauma

MENTALLY HEALTHY SCHOOLS National Centre for Children and Families. You may need to filter and adapt some of the material but there is helpful stuff here about mental health support for LGBTQI+ pupils, gender equality and autism. There is also access to the full resources you need for Children’s Mental Health Week, with material for Primary schools and Secondary Schools.

Bereavement and loss

PLACE TO BE An excellent range of resources, with some specialist material on loss and bereavement, family break-up, boosting children’s wellbeing in the current Covid situation.

PARENTING FOR FAITH https://parentingforfaith.org/post/supporting-bereaved-families has links to many resources, articles and books including a link to one of its own articles Supporting Bereaved Families which has some cross-overs.

SEASONS FOR GROWTH https://www.seasonsforgrowth.org.uk/ has a wide range of uses but to mention is their help for dealing with significant life changes and bereavement

YOUNG MINDS https://youngminds.org.uk/ website has areas for young people to help process loss

THE CHILDRENS SOCIETY UK has many links to general advice and other help

WINSTON’S WISH has a wealth of information, advice and resources on bereavement in the coronavirus crisis

Here is a PDF with discussion questions and notes which school staff and visiting chaplains will find helpful to use as a framework for a lesson looking at the topic of bereavement: Resilience Facing Bereavement

For young people

HEADSTRONG https://www.youthscape.co.uk/services/headstrong

YOUNGMINDS https://youngminds.org.uk/ Packed with resources “from wellbeing activities for schools, to toolkits and webinars for mental health professional, we have a range of resources to help you support the young people in your lives.” Material on self-harm, CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Services), ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), support during transitions, mental health during exams and holidays.

YOUTH FOR CHRIST Dealing with Anxiety doodling pages pdf free to download

 

 

 

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