Tag Archives: secondary

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.


Support for HWB in your establishment, cluster, neighbourhood

Here are two documents which outline the work I was involved in last session and some ideas of the types of work I can support you to develop.

Please get in touch if your are interested in anything you see, or if you have any other HWB ideas you’d like to discuss.

HWBDO work session 2013-14 edited

HWB DO – Support for Schools 2014-15

Do you come here often?

Each year at this time in St Luke’s, I co-faciltate an S6 alcohol/keeping safe session with the Campus Cop and Pupil Support staff.  I blogged about it last year – here is a reminder of their tips for how to keep themselves safe.

What keeps me safe when I’m out?

  • eat beforehand x7
  • buy your own drinks x2
  • don’t drink to keep up with the crowd
  • get a taxi home
  • keep your drink with you @ all times
  • stay with your pals x11
  • know your alcohol limits x7
  • tell someone what time you should be home x3
  • tell your parents the truth about where you are going x4
  • have a phone with you
  • have an ICE number in your phone (incase of emergency) x3
  • keep in contact with guardians
  • sort out a lift home
  • don’t walk home from parties
  • don’t go away with a stranger
  • know when enough is enough
  • don’t walk home yourself
  • know how you’re getting home
  • don’t mix your drinks
  • drink a litre of water when you get home so you’re not hungover
  • make sure your phone is charged
  • if you feel too drunk – stop!

The Drinkaware website has a wealth of information and advice, but this year they have also developed a free app, aimed at young people, to help them stay safe and connected, whilst they party.  Use the link below to download the app.


Glasgow City Council also have a NiteZone initiative to help you get home safely after a night out in the City.  Use the link for further info and to follow them on Facebook.


To get them in the mood, our lesson starter with the St Luke’s S6 group is to share their best and worst chat up lines.  Here are my favourites from this year.

  • Do you want to come back to mine and do all the things I’m going to tell my mate we did anyway..?
  • If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put you and I together..  🙂

I know which one would be more likely to work on me..  Have a safe, sensible festive season.

All in a good night’s sleep

An article on the BBC website today reports on something that I’ve found a hot topic for the last few years – sleep and how much do young people need?

I’ve run a number of sleep awareness workshops for parents in primaries in and they have been delighted to have the opportunity to discuss the basics in helping children and young people to develop healthy sleep habits.  The feedback I’ve received has been very positive.

The charity, Sleep Scotland, has also produced a secondary pack with lessons for all year groups.  This was purchased by the HWB Team and given to all secondaries last session.  I’d be more than happy to support the development of this resource in schools.  Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss either parent’s workshops or the secondary sleep pack further.

In the meantime, here’s what the BBC said today: