Even when it’s not in the news (which is becoming less and less), mental health is still there. It lurks in the background and, for a huge number of people, it is an inescapable and invasive presence. While we, as a society, are gradually getting better at talking about mental health, many organisations argue that there is still a lot of work to be done if we’re to address a health crisis of epidemic proportions.
The Mental Health Foundation launches its annual awareness week on 8th May, with their work heavily leaning towards the prevention and awareness of mental health problems. Their ethos, as outlined in their literature, is “Dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems”.
Surviving or Thriving?
The theme of this year’s awareness week focuses on asking people a simple question: Are you just surviving? Or are you thriving? Encouraging people to be mindful of their wellbeing is just one of the things the charity is doing to identify potential mental health issues before they progress and become a much more prolific problem. What if there was equal focus on becoming aware of good mental health, in addition to identifying mental health problems?
Help from SPC
We’ve published several blog posts on mental health in the past, perhaps most significantly an introduction to incorporating a basic mental health framework into education by untangling the stigma around using emotional vocabulary. Written by MBE Natasha Devon, it focuses on the three skills vital in delivering effective mental health education.
You can incorporate wellbeing pages into your school planners, both for students and teachers – we have SEMH page packs that serve as a good starting point to build out your own customised content depending on what aspects of mental wellness you would like to refer to most often. If you have a specific concern regarding the monitoring of your school’s’ wellbeing (staff and students), we can also work together with you to build awareness content that best meets this need.
What Else Can I Do?
If you’re concerned about your own mental health or that of someone you know, the MHF’s website has a section advising on the best route for you to take. Read more
If you’re a parent and have concerns relating to your child’s mental health, Young Minds has a very information section for adults. Read more
Join the conversation on Twitter using #MHAW17 – connect with other people and share ideas. Tell your story, and help others to thrive.