Supporting young people's wellbeing
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the theme is kindness. As a little act of kindness to all our supporters, we would like to share some wellbeing resources for you to enjoy.
Whenever someone in your family feels grateful for something, write it on a note and put it into a jar or box. At the end of the week, sit down together and read about all the things you were grateful for that week.
3 good things
At the end of the day, spend time thinking of (or writing down) three good things from that day, no matter how small.
Write, draw or add photos of things you are grateful for in a journal. These will be a great reminder of all the things that made you feel positive when you are having a difficult day.
Random acts of kindness not only enhance the wellbeing of those around us but also ourselves. Leading to more positive feelings and a greater connection with others.
Positive affirmations, such as “I am brave,” “I am creative,” “I am loved,” can be difficult for young people to generate themselves so you can help by doing this for them. Why not leave them little notes in places where they will find them, such as in a toy box, a drawer, under their dinner plate.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being studied scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness. Here are some mindful activities to try:
- A mindful walk and try to stay ‘in the moment’ noticing things around you that you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. It may help to stop now and again, close your eyes and just listen
- Listen to some relaxing music with your child and try to listen out for all the different instruments.
- Lie down (especially after some type of physical activity) and just feel and count your heartbeat
- Make time for ‘flow’ – this is any activity that you become totally absorbed in – mindful colouring, puzzles & special interests are just some suggestions
- Go into your garden and look up at the clouds
We've put together downloads with other wellbeing resources and activities for you to print off and try at home.
We have also compiled a resource with a list of free apps that have been recommended by CAMHS and NHS England. These are not intended to be a replacement for treatment or any sort of medical intervention but are there to support your wellbeing.