Student Well-Being: Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental well-being does not have a single definition, it does encompass factors such as:

  • The sense of feeling good about ourselves and being able to function well individually or in relationships
  • The ability to deal with the ups and downs of life, such as coping with challenges and making the most of opportunities
  • The feeling of connection to our community and surroundings
  • Having control and freedom over our lives
  • Having a sense of purpose and feeling valued

Mental well-being does not mean being happy all the time, and it does not mean that you won’t experience negative or painful emotions, such as grief, loss, or failure, which are a part of normal life.

Plymouth Mind

http://www.plymouthmind.com/info/

A mental health charity evolving and re-structuring as the need arises, reflecting both the needs of mental health service users and the community we serve.

‘Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all, and that treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively and with respect.’

Self Harm

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/self-harm/#.XLXVwOhKjD4

Explains self-harm, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

The Zone

https://www.thezoneplymouth.co.uk/self-help/young-people

Self help for young people on a range of topics, not just mental health.

Young Devon

https://www.youngdevon.org/youth/mentalhealth/eh4mh

Young Devon have been finding new and different ways to help young people thrive since 1949. They help thousands of young people every year and are looking forward to putting young people at the heart of Devon for the next 70 years.

Young Minds

https://youngminds.org.uk/

Young Minds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Mindfulness

https://www.headspace.com/

Train your mind for a healthier, happier life. Learn the basics for free; backed by science, anytime, anywhere.

Social Media

Social media can be a great force for good, however we have all seen examples of where it is used to harm others.

Talking to your child – openly, and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online.

You might find it helpful to start with a family discussion to set boundaries and agree what’s appropriate. Or you might need a more specific conversation about an app or website your child wants to use or something you’re worried about.

If you’re not sure where to start then below is some of the advice you need – great ways to begin conversations to keep your child safe online.

NSPCC and O2

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/

Whilst also aimed at the parents of primary pupils, this useful guide covers the impact of Sexting and the availability of pornography online.

Bullying UK

https://www.bullying.co.uk/

Teenage problems in school can be a very daunting time for families as they struggle to deal with the issues their child may be facing. It may be your teenager’s behavioural problem that is causing concern or perhaps general teenager and school problems, including schoolwork, teachers, boundaries, etc.

Internet Matters Guides (USA)

https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/social-media-guides-parents/

If your child is using social networking sites to chat to friends and family or share their latest selfie, take a look at the list of great social media guides to get you up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them set the right privacy settings.

Cyber Bullying

https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/cyberbullying/stop-speak-support-parent-advice/

Speak, Stop, Support is a tool to help your child make smart choices online. You can use it as a talking point to better understand how they interact in their digital world.

Young People’s Mental Health Resource Pack

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