Supporting your work with good mental health & well-being

More resources for your work on mental health & well-being from Dr Pooky Knightsmith.
Resources to support & inspire your mental health work
New Videos:
Promoting wellbeing in the workplace – a range of practical strategies for senior and middle leaders.  Especially helpful for mental health leads.
How and Why to Care Out Loud – a simple strategy that can be easily tried by teachers and parents supporting children with low self-esteem.
Supporting the Siblings of a Young Person with a Mental Health Issue – clear guidance on steps you can take to support siblings. These ideas could also be adapted for siblings or children of someone with a physical illness.
How to make slime with just 3 ingredients – In this video, my 9-year-old daughter Lyra shares the secret to making perfect slime.  This might be a fun activity to do with a young person in your care, or a good addition to a sensory room / box.
Children’s experiences of talking about their mental health –  I share survey results and walk through the ‘Lingo’ resource developed by the Anna Freud Centre which gives clear pointers on how we can improve our communications with young people when discussing mental health.
You might also like:
What is #3GoodThings and why is it worth a go? – a simple daily gratitude exercise
Self-care when caring for someone with a physical or mental health issue
Eating Disorder Recovery: 8 ideas for positive mealtimes
Understanding self-harm and finding safer alternatives
From the Blog:
Teaching Resource: We all have mental health – video for 11-14 year olds
PSHE Association Podcast – Selecting and working with visitors and speakers
Recognising and responding to faulty thinking patterns
Helping Children Overcome School Refusal
Resource Collection: promoting school staff wellbeing
Recommended Books:
Starving the Exam Stress Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Managing Exam Stress for Young People
My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track
Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to teaching happiness 
A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z– I did a video review of this excellent book by Natasha Devon which you can watch here.
Whew!  Resources galore!  I hope that there was something in there of use to you.  As always, if there are specific videos you’d like me to make or books or resources you think I should be highlighting or reviewing, drop me a line at [email protected] which is also the best way to make a speaking or training enquiry if you’d like to work together.

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