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 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.
This workshop will enable teaching staff to facilitate discussions and group activities 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.
Pupils are reassured that there are services available to anyone struggling with mental health issues, including talking therapies via CAMHS and online services such as Kooth.com.
Children are given the opportunity to share advice with each other about dealing with common worries such as SAT’s, and school transitioning, and this reinforces to pupils that many of their peers have similar worries, so they are not alone and encourages a supportive ethos within the peer group.
This workshop will help pupils to;
Recognize common mental health issues affecting young people
Develop tools for managing anxiety and stress and explore the ways that diet, exercise and sleep contribute to a healthy lifestyle and healthy mind
Develop confidence to ask for help when struggling emotionally
Understand what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health
Make informed choices and begin to understand the concept of a balanced lifestyle
Deepen their understanding of good and not so good feelings and to extend their vocabulary to enable them to explain both the range and intensity of their feelings towards others
Recognise that they may experience conflicting emotions and when they might need to listen to or overcome these
Understand change, school transitions, loss, seperation, bereavement and divorce
Recognise how their increasing independance brings increased responsibility
Understand how peer pressure can come from various sources
Recognise when they need help and develop skills to ask for help
Understand how to resist pressure to do something dangerous, unhealthy, or things that make them feel uncomfortable and anxious
Identify people who are responsible to help them stay safe and understand how they can keep themselves safe
Recognise and respond to a range of feelings in themselves and others
Understand that their actions affect themselves and others
Recognise the role of voluntary, community and support groups in relation to health and wellbeing