This workshop gives young people everything they need to know about emotional well-being by exploring a range of different emotions, the triggers that drive our emotions and the ways that we can manage this. A focus on common mental health problems that affect children; anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and depression, how to recognise symptoms, practical ways of dealing with worries and upsets before they escalate and how to ask for help when things are becoming overwhelming. The class will examine how our emotions can cause physical symptoms within our bodies, such as a racing heart, dry mouth, a feeling of breathlessness, or stomach upsets often triggered by the natural fight or flight instinct, understanding the link between physical and emotional responses to anxiety and stress.
Case studies are explored looking at how anxiety can impact young people in their daily lives, and how these issues can be managed and overcome. We hear from two young people that struggled with OCD, how this presented itself, unhealthy coping mechanisms and how access outside services helped to remedy their symptoms.
Information about how we can look after our mental health, including the importance of healthy sleep patterns (not being on devices until midnight!), a balanced diet, exercise and having a good network of supportive friends and family that we feel we can talk to. This workshop includes a short video from the ‘Zen Den’ which teaches the basics of mindfulness.
Pupils are reassured that there are services available to anyone struggling with mental health issues, including talking therapies via CAMHS.