All posts by Carolynne McKendry

Time to talk, time to change

Time To Change is England’s biggest programme that aims to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.  They have a great website that’s full of ideas, blogs from people living with mental ill health, videos and resources.  It has a section specifically for young people with advice for parents and resources for professionals working with young people. 

Their #timetotalk campaign aims to get people talking about the difficult subject of how people are feeling.  They believe the little things can make a big difference.

If you develop a mental health project or use some of the resources for lessons, please let me know.  I’d love to speak with you and your students about your experience.

Click on the picture above to visit the website.

Eat Better Feel Better

Happy New Year and welcome back to work.  The start of a new year often makes people think about their lifestyles and can give them the motivation they need to make some improvements to their health.

Right on time, the Scottish Government is launching its Eat Better Feel Better campaign.  This campaign aims to inspire and support parents and families to make healthy changes to how they shop, cook and eat, with the aim of improving their health.

This website might be of interest to you, both personally and professionally.  Click on the picture to visit the site.

Happy and healthy new year to you!

Watch over me


At a recent meeting of the PSHE subject group, we were reminded of a great resource, exploring personal safety for young people.

Originally funded by the Milly Dowler charity – the Watch over me series is filmed as a soap opera.  I’ve only been able to find it on YouTube – the link to the first one is here

I’ve also managed to find a link to a PDF of resources. 

watch over me teachers resource

If you need any more info and are unable to find it, please contact Suzanne Oram at Mearns Castle, I know they are still using the resource.


One good deed deserves another…

This story really interested me…

When Luke Cameron decided to do a good deed every day for a year, he could never have anticipated how much it would change his life.

The 26-year-old from Cheltenham made the decision after a close family friend died from cancer in 2013.

He started writing a Good Deed blog and logged every kind gesture he made on the site, which has now amassed thousands of followers.

Read the rest here…

This gave me an idea – I’m sure this would work as a class project.  It covers ICT, citizenship, HWB, literacy – and plenty more!

His blog is full of ideas.  Click the picture below to check it out.

Enjoy Food! Tesco and Diabetes UK team up

Diabetes UK have teamed up with Tesco in a very successful partnership to support their charity and people living with Diabetes.

Tesc0 has raised £16m for the charity, produced resources for schools, paid for a five year research programme and produced a resource for families – to help them shop, cook and eat.  will give you access to lots of information and resources.  Click on the picture below for the Enjoy Food campaign.   Tesco have also produced an Enjoy food booklet which is currently in their stores.