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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/ 


Weigh in @ work

As part of our Healthy Working Lives programme, our CHCP colleagues are offering resources and support to any establishment who wishes to start a “weigh in @ work” group.

Using group support when you are trying to lose weight can be a really successful way of tackling an issue some people find difficult on their own. Weigh in @ work would be the perfect way to do this – you only need to meet for half an hour, once a week.  In the comfort of your own school.  And it costs much less than many other weight management groups – i.e. nothing!

Click on the info sheet link below for more information. Please let me know if you are thinking about doing this in your establishment as we would like to keep track of interest for Healthy Working Lives.

‘Weigh in at Work’ information Sheet

Need help to quit smoking..? Quit & Win!


Our chums @ NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde are offering support to anyone who would like to cut down, or quit smoking.  Why not take part in their Quit & Win campaign!

Quit & Win is open to all workplaces across Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, offering the opportunity for employers to support and encourage their employees keen to give up smoking. The campaign this year starts on No Smoking Day which is taking place on Wednesday 13th March and runs for 12 weeks. There will be three prize draws at week 4, 8 and 12 and we’ve got fantastic prizes on offer including theatre vouchers, free Glasgow Club memberships, £300 worth of shopping vouchers and Cineworld tickets.

Participants will also receive weekly email and text messages with helpful tips on how to control cravings as well as information on how they can access additional support during their quit attempt.

To take part in Quit & Win, your workplace and participants should be registered on or before the starting date of Wednesday 13th March. For more information on how to register your workplace or how to participate in Quit & Win, please call Health at Work on 0141 314 0024 or email Catherine.Gale@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 

We now have the free No Smoking Day Packs ready for collection (address below) from our office in Brand Street. Each pack contains – 4 X A3 posters, 10 X money boxes, 50 X leaflets, 5 X saving calculator wheels and 21 X credit card size leaflets. Every workplace can get a pack or a maximum of 2 packs depending on how large the workplace is and the last day for collecting packs from our office is Friday 15th February. Please email Catherine.gale@ggc.scot.nhs.uk to order your pack today!

Happy Friday!

In a recent YouGov survey, 59% of British adults said they found life was more stressful than five years ago and nearly half of people surveyed said they felt stressed every day or every few days. A little stress every now and again can make us more alert and stimulate us into performing more effectively, but prolonged stress can be detrimental to both mental and physical health.

That’s why, this January, the Mental Health Foundation have launched a campaign to help everyone cope better with the physical and emotional effects of stress. They’ve put together a guide with the key facts and 101 tips to help reduce the symptoms, sourced from mental health professionals and the general public.

Click on the picture above to take you directly to the website.

If you resolve to do one thing this year, why not learn to manage the stress in your life.  It’s bound to make you happier and healthier.

MHFA – new dates for 2013

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is a 2 day, certificated course that equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognise people who may be having mental health difficulties and gives them the confidence to intervene.

I’ve been delivering this course for 5 years and I’m delighted to say that I will be joined this year by two brand new trainers – Nick Smiley, Senior Educational Psychologist and Wendy Jenkins from the Pupil Support Team @ Eastwood High. 

Our dates for 2013 have just been finalised and will be appearing on the CPD site very soon.

  1. Mon 25 Feb & Mon 04 Mar
  2. Fri 03 May & Fri 10 May
  3. Thurs 31 Oct & Thurs 07 Nov

I think this course is interesting, relevant and a crucial addition to any practitioners toolkit for supporting fellow staff and students.  Don’t just take my word for it, here are some testimonials.  I interviewed a Pupil Support teacher and a Depute Head on the importance of MHFA for a presentation I did for Education Scotland last year.  Thanks to Alison McGillivray and my daughter Wallis for voicing the audio.



I also received an email from a primary head, not long after she had completed the training.

May I just say that I found myself in a situation where I was able to support a parent who presented to me in a very vulnerable state.  Due to the MHFA training I received, I was able to ask the difficult question (suicide) with confidence and refer to agencies to support from that point on.  You never think that you will be in that position, it just shows you how valuable this training is for professionals.

If you are interested in finding out more about MHFA before signing up for the training, please get in touch with me.