I recently attended a community mental health workshop where the young people from the Broxtowe Youth Voice talked about the issues they came across at school, college and at home that they find difficult to cope with.
They explained that mental health is one of the main contributions to the stresses that young people face today. One of their suggestions to help improve young people’s mental health is to provide more information on stress management with basic management of depression and anxiety.
There was a representative there who was a speaker from Public Health who presented information about Emotional Resilience, informing us of the 7 Steps to good mental health:
- Eat well – what goes in – think mood food and not quick fixes. There is a proven link between what we eat and how we feel.
- Sleepyheads – The teenage brain needs a minimum of 8 hours’ slep a night. Night-time surfing or playing computer games triples the chances of developing mental illness.
- Get real – Digital Presence and Social Media – If you spend more than three hours each school day on social media you are twice as likely to suffer poor mental health. Connectivity addict? Know when to switch off! Remember, the virtual world is just that – virtual. Don’t let the real world, full of interesting people and exciting experiences, pass you by.
- Get Active – Moving ahead – When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that make us feel good. Good for body, great for mind. Exercise comes in all shapes and sizes so find something you enjoy – any kind of sport, riding your bike, rollerblading, dancing, choosing to walk rather than getting the bus to school. Get a friend to join you. Motivate each other, stick to your goals and enjoy the added social benefits.
- Think Positive – Good mind selfie – Positive thinking boosts self-esteem. Write down positive things about you. It’s proven to help! Think your way into feeling good about yourself.
- Time to talk – Friends, Family and Social Life – Don’t hide away when you’re feeling low. Friends and family can help keep you smiling, even at times of stress. Sometimes, if you are feeling low, just talking it through can really help
- Chillax – Relaxation – Take ‘time-out’ to be kind to yourself. Learn relaxation techniques and give yourself space just to ‘chill’. Practice a relaxation technique that suits you. Build it into your life so you can use it in stressful situations.
For more information look at http://www.goodmentalhealthmatters.com/NHS_GMH_Guide_Web.pdf