Tag Archives: mental health

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.

Keeping up to date in Mental Health

The latest e-bulletin from NHS Health Scotland on Mental Health has been produced. Click on the link below to have a look:


There’s a lot of interesting info, including an online tool to track your mental wellbeing.

Why don’t you subscribe and get the info directly into your inbox…

For when you don’t know what to say…

Realising you may be struggling with your mental health is one thing.  Going and speaking to someone about it is quite another.  How brilliant of the Mental Health Foundation – recognising this is a huge stumbling block for many, they have developed a resource to guide you through a visit to your GP to talk about your mental health.


This simple guide could make all the difference.  Please pass it on.

Looking after your wellbeing


Anyone can be adversely affected by stress at any time of the year, but rushing towards the end of term and the festive season can be enough to give even the most chilled, sleepless nights.

What better time to share a link you may already have seen to a bunch of excellent podcasts that can help with a range of topics – from sleep, mindfullness, stress and relaxation to some positive encouragement for the New Year, New You resolutions you may already be thinking about.

The Mental Health Foundation is a great website with a wealth of information – well worth a look.  Here are the links to the website and to the podcasts.

Have a healthy, happy and restorative festive season.



World Thinking Day

It’s World Thinking Day today.  For those of you who were part of the Girl’s Scouting and Guiding Movement in your youth, perhaps you knew that anyway. 

World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world. It has been celebrated since 1926.

There are some great resources and activities on their website:


Two girls

Ofcourse, you don’t have to be a Scout or Guide – you don’t even have to be a girl – to resolve to spend more time thinking.  Perhaps we should take this idea on board and set time aside each day to think. 

For me, I’ll be using the time to count my blessings and think about how fortunate I am. 

This might help….  http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

 And this….  http://zenhabits.net/the-art-of-doing-nothing/ 


Mental Health support for deaf children


The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

NDCS Scotland is becoming increasingly concerned about the mental health of Scotland’s deaf children and young people. We know that mental health issues can affect all children and young people, but statistics show that deaf children and young people are particularly vulnerable. Mental health problems are likely to affect 40% of deaf children and young people compared to 25% of other children and young people. Despite these significant numbers Scotland currently has no specialist mental health services in place to give our children and young people a helping hand when they need it most.On the 5th of February 2013 NDCS Scotland will launch its Helping Hand campaign in Scottish Parliament. We will highlight this issue to MSPs and urge them to call on the Scottish Government to build on services that already exist to provide a specialised mental health support for deaf children and young people in Scotland.”

For more information about the campaign and the work of the NDCS, click the link below.


On living stress free..

I’m sure the title has got your attention.  Someone suggested I visit this blog – the writer, Roger Terry,  has delivered  NLP training in the authority before.

Here is an interesting and perhaps useful technique he suggests for quieting your mind.  It’s called the wide-angle technique.


Let me know if it works for you – or if you have any others?