Active In Mind Student Well-being Plan
Self-care is incredibly important. It is about things we can do to look after our own mental health and well-being.
There are are evidence-based steps everyone can take to support their well-being for example:
- connect with others – talk to sympathetic people about how you are feeling now
- be active – exercise changes our emotional states
- find something that calms you or makes you feel happy and do it everyday
- do something that helps someone else – this could include volunteering
- keep learning – remembering that we can develop and grow changes our outlook on life.
There are also a wide range of self-care strategies on the Anna Freud website: https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/. It is important that you have a regular self-care routine. Find strategies that work for you (there are over 90 on the Anna Freud website).
I have also attached a well-being plan that might help you to focus your self-care.
If you feel like you need additional support, please let someone know: a trusted friend, parent/carer or school mentor. Remember, it is ok not to be ok!
If you need to contact someone outside of school, there are a number of ways to do that here: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/ as well as further advice regarding well-being.
For Students: Useful Links
The below websites have dedicated sections to mental health and well-being support for young people:
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a ‘ChatHealth Messaging Service’ where young people aged 11-19 can text a school nurse for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues.
Young people can send a text to: 07507 332 258 (9.30am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday excluding bank holidays)
The nurses can advise on a wide range of topics, such as:
• emotional health
• healthy eating
Please note: they aim to reply within one working day and you should get an immediate bounce-back to confirm they received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours. If you need help before you hear back, contact NHS 111 or dial 999 if it is an emergency.