Rachel Ewan

‘I had a black dog, his name was depression’ plus, ‘Living with a black dog’.

In collaboration with WHO to mark World Mental Health Day, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”. More information on the book can be found here: http://matthewjohnstone.com.au/. At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of …

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St James Senior School’s Sixth Form Girls become Mental Health Champions

At St James Senior Girls’ School, London, the introduction of 6th Formers as Mental Health Champions was a student-led initiative. In my role as Mental Health Lead, I had been trained by Rachel Ewan from Mental Health and Wellbeing Training Ltd in the ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ course and so I got back in …

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Self-harm resources

Some great online resources for parents, guardians and students. National Self Harm Network  Selfharm.co.uk  2a. Selfharm.co.uk/alumina  NHS self help guide  Calmharm app  Calm Harm – manage the urge to self harm  Expertselfcare app  Mindfulness audio  

How to talk to a colleague about their mental health

Looking out for the mental health of colleagues is crucial, says Amy Sayer in the TES. But how do you start those conversations? Choose the right location Start by choosing a private location. Nowadays, many offices (particularly in schools) have a glass panel due to safeguarding requirements, but the ability to have a pull-down blind …

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Childline – Calm Zone

There are lots of ways to feel calmer. It’s about finding what works for you. Try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games, and videos to help let go of stress. Activities and tools Breathing exercises Expressing yourself Yoga videos Play games Ways to cope videos

Self-care

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional. They don’t often get much advice about how they could help themselves. So, we spoke to professionals and looked at academic research. Then …

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