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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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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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10 steps towards school staff wellbeing – from the Anna Freud Centre

Concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people are currently in the public spotlight. However, any conversation about supporting our children’s wellbeing must also include how we support our teachers. We must do more to support school leaders, teachers and other school staff to ensure that their mental health and wellbeing …

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What I wish people understood about eating disorders

In the news recently, there have been reports of an increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital with eating disorders. And when it comes to eating problems, I am very much aware that there is a huge lack of understanding. I think the best way to learn is from those with experience themselves – no book, …

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Perfectionism: when striving for excellence becomes unhealthy

Some years ago Jessica Lahey wrote in the New York Times: “We all know perfection is an unreasonable burden to place on our children but we also reward them when they strive for that perfection.” Her article was an attempt to understand the complex nature of perfectionism in today’s world where achievement is valued at …

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