The Feathers Association is proud to support #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek 2023.
In this article, you’ll find a list of handy tips and accessible resources that can be used on your mental health journey. Remember, your mental health is important, and help is always there.
At The Feathers, our team of youth workers are here to listen and provide advice and you can attend any session thorough the week, should you need someone to talk to. You can also speak to our very own dedicated mental health support worker, Libby who you’ll find at the club every Tuesday.
Wellbeing Tips –
Self-Compassion: Self-compassion involves treating yourself with kindness and understanding, especially during challenging times. Be gentle with yourself and avoid self-criticism. Instead of dwelling on mistakes, focus on learning and growth. Practice positive self-talk and remind yourself that you deserve compassion and understanding, just like anyone else.
Supportive Relationships: Building and nurturing healthy relationships is vital for mental well-being. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members who uplift and encourage you. Engage in open and honest communication, seeking understanding and sharing your emotions when needed. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and lean on others during difficult times.
Self-Care: Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally is crucial. Prioritize self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This can include engaging in hobbies, practising mindfulness or meditation, reading, or simply spending time in nature. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat nourishing foods, and engage in regular physical exercise, as these can significantly impact your overall well-being.
Manage Stress: Stress is a normal part of life, but excessive or prolonged stress can take a toll on mental health. Learn effective stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, journaling, or engaging in creative outlets like art or music. Identify healthy coping mechanisms that work for you and practice them regularly. If stress becomes overwhelming, reach out to a trusted adult or mental health professional for guidance and support.
Digital Well-Being: In today’s digital age, it’s important to strike a balance with technology usage. Excessive screen time can impact mental health, sleep patterns, and overall well-being. Set boundaries for yourself by designating specific screen-free times or implementing technology-free zones in your daily routine. Engage in activities that allow you to disconnect, such as going for walks, engaging in hobbies, or spending quality time with loved ones.
Helpful Resources –
YoungMinds: A leading UK charity dedicated to improving the mental health of children and young people. They offer a wealth of information, resources, and a free helpline.
Website: https://youngminds.org.uk/ Helpline: Text YM to 85258
Childline: A confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK, providing support and advice on various issues, including mental health.
Website: https://www.childline.org.uk/ Helpline: 0800 1111
Kooth: An online mental health support platform specifically designed for young people, offering free and anonymous counselling, self-help materials, and a supportive community.
The Mix: A UK charity that provides support and information for young people under the age of 25 on various topics, including mental health, relationships, and well-being.
Website: https://www.themix.org.uk/ Helpline: 0808 808 4994
NHS Mental Health Services: The National Health Service (NHS) offers a range of mental health services for young people, including access to therapists, counsellors, and specialist clinics.
Samaritans: A charity providing emotional support and a listening ear to anyone in distress, including young people, 24/7.
Website: https://www.samaritans.org/ Helpline: 116 123
MindEd: An online resource providing free mental health training and support for professionals working with children and young people. It also offers information and resources for young people, parents, and carers.
PAPYRUS: A charity dedicated to preventing young suicide, providing confidential support and advice for young people who may be struggling with their mental health or having suicidal thoughts.
Website: https://papyrus-uk.org/ Helpline: HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141
Remember, these resources are just a starting point, and there may be additional local services available in your area. Always reach out for help if you’re struggling with your mental health and remember that support is available.