MIND – Starting The Conversation
The importance of Wellbeing is not new, but more than ever, it seems to be such a priority in these increasingly difficult times. Starting the conversation is key. Find out the 5 simple ways to help and useful information to support families and adults who are looking to help children and young people and start a conversation around mental health. Are you, or know someone struggling with anxiety? Are you tired of missing out?
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There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life.
Bucks UTC provides a supportive environment and embeds mental wellbeing in the curriculum because there are key successes connected to ensuring the safety of mental health and the onward pathways for our students to higher education. The curriculum covers the following:
- Minimising unnecessary stressful students
- Promoting understanding of awareness of mental wellbeing
- Taking account of students wellbeing
- Promoting effective learning and teaching that compliments the work support within the UTC
Bucks UTC’s Values
- Exceeding expectations
- Can-do Attitude
- Mutual respect in all that we do
- Integrity, honesty and openness
- Valuing difference
- One-team approach
A Guide for Young People and Adults
Starting the conversation around mental health can be difficult. However, we have put together some top tips to help get you started.
The 5 ways to wellbeing
The five ways to wellbeing is a an evidence based study developed many years before the COVID 19 pandemic. The Five ways to Wellbeing model was developed by New Economics Foundation.
Firstly, connect with family, friends, your community. There is strong evidence that good relationships with family, friends and the wider community are important for our wellbeing. Feeling close to people, and being valued by them, helps us to function well in the world.
Secondly, go for a walk or a run, join a club, find a new activity. Most of us know that keeping fit and active is good for our physical health, but it’s also really good for our mental wellbeing. It can protect us against depression and can help to improve mood, sleep patterns and feelings of anxiety.
Thirdly, give a smile, a hug, some time to help someone. There is good evidence that committing acts of kindness, big or small, random or planned can give us a sense of purpose and make us feel happier and more satisfied about life.
Fourth, take notice of the world around you, explore your local area, go out for lunch with friends. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present can improve our mental wellbeing and that paying attention to ‘the moment’ can help us to think about the things that are important to us.
Lastly, find a course, learn to play an instrument, set a challenge. Learning can boost our life satisfaction, self-confidence, self-esteem and optimism. It can also give us a sense of purpose, help us connect with others and keep our brains active and exercised.
Below are some examples of organisations, websites etc. that provide some extremely useful materials and resources around mental health.
NHS Mental Health services & training that focus on the needs of children and young people.
Local Organisations For Adults
National Organisations That Can Help
An organisation providing professional therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings for people in our catchment areas. They are the only specialist provider of support for children bereaved through homicide and suicide, as well as military families who have been bereaved.