World Mental Health Day - 10th October ‘mental health for all'
This year World mental health day falls on Saturday 10th October. This year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. It comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Being in good mental health means you can:
- Make the most of your potential
- Cope with life
- Play a full part in your family, community, school and friends
Mental health can be referred to as ‘emotional health’ or ‘wellbeing’ and is equally as important as physically health. Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to more long-term conditions.
Things that can help keep young people mentally well include:
- Being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
- Having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
- Being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
- Going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
- Taking part in local activities for young people
Other factors are also important, including:
- Feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
- Being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
- Being hopeful and optimistic
- Being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
- Accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
- Having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
- Feeling they have some control over their own life
- Having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.
More Ideas to help
Support is also available with your school nurse at your scheduled drop in session Young people can contact their school nurse in confidence by text. Please visit the chat health page.