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The Pineapple and Potato – A Story about Mental Health

Mental health isn’t a competition. Comparing one person’s mental health to another, It is like comparing a potato and a pineapple. And, let’s face it…. You can’t compare a pineapple and potato So, we cannot minimise one person’s mental health on the basis of a perception the other is worst   So, today, I’m sharing …

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8 Ways to Support Child Mental Health

Whilst ‘mental health’ is the hashtag of the moment, recognising the signs of mental health (our introduction courses can be found here) and how to support children to put in place ongoing strategies to support themselves is imperative for long term well-being. Mental health is defined as: ‘a state of wellbeing in which the individual …

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Children’s Activity: Sensory Playdough Recipe

When it comes to calming the mind and connecting with senses, playdough is a long term favourite. Playdough has many benefits for children: It calms the mind It supports the development of fine motor skills It develops hand-eye coordination It encourages creativity It inspires imagination It strengthens hand muscles It supports strength, dexterity and control …

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40 Regulatory Activities to Support Anxious Children

When anxiety affects a child they can find it challenging to know what to do. For some children they may have the ability to express their emotions and communicate their needs to you, however, for some, feelings can escalate quickly. There are some simple activities that we can keep in our tool kits to support …

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Supporting Teen Mental Health Post Exams

With assessments underway for this years GCSEs and A-Levels, are there additional considerations that we need to make for young people’s well-being and mental health after a year of disruptions? Whilst every year’s assessments can cause stress and anxiety to young people sitting exams, following the disruptions to education from the pandemic, taking into consideration …

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Recognising Trauma in Young People

When working or raising children and young people we can become attuned to looking for physical signs of things being ‘amiss’ or of concern. However, not all issues are equal, and like the first aid scenario, we can frequently find that there are not any physical signs observable by the naked eye. Consider…. Some children …

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Why Time Management Matters to Mental Health

How busy is too busy?  How quiet is too quiet?  Whilst we recognise that spending all our time at home, not interacting with others is not beneficial to children’s mental health. What happens when they over-schedule their time and have little time to do nothing? The issues that often arise are either:  Teens whose diaries …

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10 Revision Tips for Children’s Exams

Exams and assessments frequently bring with them stress and anxiety. Whether it is about the exam itself, finding motivation or the fear of failure, many young people struggle with the impending timetable.  Whilst some stress is motivational (it shows us that our exams matter to us) we can reduce the unnecessary stress by taking control …

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