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World Mental Health Day


Top tips for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mrs Bhokanandh (School Counsellor)


We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world which can sometimes feel very overwhelming especially during adolescence. It is crucial that young people are equipped with tools and strategies to further enhance their resilience and ultimately learn to look after their mental health and wellbeing.


Here are five of my top tips that you may want to keep in mind to strengthen your mental health and wellbeing;


1. Make connections with others. Put down your phone for a moment and take time to have a conversation especially face to face with another person. Take the time to really listen to a friend, or someone you may not usually speak to even for five minutes.


2. Take five! Take a moment to check in with yourself and see how you are feeling. What emotions are you experiencing today? Try using art, music or writing to express an emotion.


3. Stay active. Remember engaging in regular physical activity produces those feel good chemicals called endorphins. Doing any physical activity uses up some of the stress chemicals your body produces. This doesn’t have to be running a marathon! Take the stairs instead of the lift, take a walk at lunch with a friend or walk home from school with a friend.


4. Give five! Take five minutes to offer a random act of kindness to someone else. This can even be a smile or positive comment to someone who you may not usually speak to.


5. Give it a go. Try something new today whether this be a new club, a new activity or even speak to someone in your class who you’ve never spoken to before and find out at least one thing about them. Engaging in a new challenge and taking a risk can enhance self-esteem and further boost resilience.


If you need to talk there are people here to support you. Turn to a friend, a trusted adult in school, a parent, the school counsellor. As the school counsellor I am in school on Tuesday afternoons, all day Wednesdays and all day Thursdays. You can email me if you would like an appointment at tess.bhokanandh@emanuel.org.uk or you can also drop in over lunch and I would be happy to meet with you.


If you would like more information about support and advice, the following links may be helpful:

https://stem4.org.uk/world-mental-health-day-2018/

http://www.mindyour5.co.uk/

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