Mental Health Day Activities

What are you planning to do on Saturday 10th October?

This Saturday is World Mental Health Day and to celebrate this year’s theme of ‘mental health for all’ we thought we would create some handy guides for schools. Spending time outdoors or bringing nature into your life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. We enjoy nature in so many ways,  it could be growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or even being around animals, all can have positive effects. 

According to Mind, being in nature can:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • help you be more active
  • help you make new connections
  • provide peer support

(https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/nature-and-mental-health/how-nature-benefits-mental-health/)

How can we support students?

Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year and the 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of your class. 

Some children and young people have enjoyed being off school, others will have really struggled – with the coronavirus outbreak keeping them at home and away from friends. 

Our Activities

We hope you enjoy these challenges, we enjoyed putting them together! We think you and you pupils will enjoy how they recycle natural materials and get them thinking about the outdoors in different ways.

They are available to download below:

What else?

There are a few staggering pieces of information that show how important Mental Health is and how helpful it can be for learners in later life to be shown strategies.

Camhs:

Between five and 10 years old, the split between girls and boys is just about even. But by 17, a quarter of young women have a mental health disorder, more than twice the number of young men.

https://www.local.gov.uk/about/campaigns/bright-futures/bright-futures-camhs/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-and

Mental Health Organisation

10% of children and young people have a clinical diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-children-and-young-people

This shows us how important it is for us to get it right in childhood. To be shown strategies or activities that help us to boost our mental and physical wellbeing.

How else can you support?

You can find some more guidance on how to support your learners on these websites.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/support-hub/emotional-wellbeing?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI07mz2Nib7AIVhPhRCh2lmANVEAAYAyAAEgKuwfD_BwE

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/childrens-mental-health/?WT.tsrc=search&WT.mc_id=EMMParentsSearch&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI07mz2Nib7AIVhPhRCh2lmANVEAAYASAAEgKZXvD_BwE

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/

Thanks,

The Reschool Team.

For how Reschool can help you:

https://reschool.co.uk/

If you liked this blogpost why not look at some of our similar ideas for Earth Day and VE Day:

Earth Day Activities

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