Looking after our mental health

Pupils in Year 4 and Year 5 this week took part in a workshop about how to manage stress, anxiety and maintain good mental health. The session was delivered by Alice Palmer, an external speaker from The Charlie Waller Trust. It was pleasing to see how our children engaged in discussions with their peers.

According to The Children’s Society, more and more young people are now opening up and having conversations about mental health. Despite this, the exact number of children battling issues such as anxiety and depression is still unknown. Here is what some of the research tells us:

  • 80% of young people reported that the pandemic has led to a decline in their mental health (Young Minds)
  • 1 in 6 children aged 5-16 are likely to have a mental health problem at some stage (The Children’s Society)
  • In the last three years, the likelihood of young people having a mental health problem has increased by 50% (The Children’s Society)

Alice has shared some top tips with the children:

  • Eat well, sleep well
  • Exercise and get fresh air
  • Do not expect to be perfect
  • Focus on what is really important
  • Accept your emotions
  • Talk to someone if you need help
  • Be kind to others…Be kind to yourself
  • Try and laugh or smile each day
  • Remember all storms pass

You can find out more about The Charlie Waller Trust here: www.charliewallert-we-offer/free-webinars.org/wha

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