Bag of Worries

The purpose of this session is to consider how children can share their worries and find out what relationships can support them to do this.

 

Worry- Messing Up

Solution- Always start in pencil, try your best, do your best to work in a team.

Worry- Mum and Dad splitting up

Solution- Ask an adult to talk to your mum and dad. Ask the adult to tell your mum and dad that your child is worried about them.

Worry- Natural Disasters

Solution- Reassure the child by telling them they are rare. Go do hobbies to get your mind of it.

Worry- School

Solution- Ask a teacher for help. Tell your parents

Worry- Loneliness

Solution- Get a parent or teacher to talk and help out. Remind the child that they are NEVER alone. Just take a shot at it and try to meet people.

Worry- Moving School

Solution- Talk to an adult, an adult can reassure the child. Share your worry. Talk to someone at school and see if they can give you a buddy to talk to.

Worry- Being Scared

Solution- Find someone who knows its alright. Speak to a trusted adult or friend or phone a help line.  Ask to go to a different class or a concentration station.

Worry- Having to go to guides

Solution- Speak to someone, think positive, take a friend with you to guides and test it out.

Worry- Becoming Homeless

Solution- Tell someone. Speak to a teacher. Ask your parent or carer to find work.

Worry- Nobody loves you

Solution- Try to find friends and tell your teacher. Join in games to try and make friends.

Loneliness

This week, the Imagineers are thinking about loneliness. Being lonely is something that most people will experience at some point, but if it happens a lot it can negatively impact on a child’s mental health and they could become vulnerable. 

‘A child can lonely because their parent as died, or works lots or off-shore.’

‘When it rains, a child could become lonely because they are not allowed out to play with their friends and they have nothing to do.’

‘A child would be lonely if they ask their friends to play and they say no.’

‘If they feel someone doesn’t love them, the child could become lonely.’

‘If you are lonely you would feel depressed, upset and angry. You would cry and your body might be sore. If someone says you can’t play, you would fight them.’

The Imagineers ideas for helping a child overcome loneliness all involve including and spending time with the child and doing something fun or relaxing together.

Adults

The session is concerned with the impact adults’ behaviour can have on children’s emotional wellbeing.

Imagineer Leo has written this blog post:

‘Today we were making our own characters with play doh. We were thinking about positive adults. Imagineer Gabrielle, made an alien called Naomi for her model. Naomi has had light to help children see what is happening at night time. Naomi also has a phone that can never cut out because it always has good reception and she is always ready to listen.

Imagineer Katie made her sister as her model. Her sister likes playing on her phone a lot. She knows a lot of things, she is really smart. She can phone a child when they feel scared or worried or they have good advice for other children that are going through a bad time in their life just know. She can also teleport to children when something bad is happening so she can be there to help them out when they need it.

Also Imagineer Sean-Paul made a man called Jim who has a love detector in his chest. Jim puts his love detector on when he feels lonely or down because it tells him who loves him, and how much they love him. He lets children borrow his love detector when they feel down.’

Looking After Ourselves

In this session, the Imagineers have been introduced to the stigma attached to mental health problems and have considered how children might look after their own wellbeing. They have created Care Boxes showing their manifesto for how to care for yourself. 

Here are some of the ideas for the Imagineers’ Care manifesto: 

Get enough sleep

Ask for help

Listen to someone else’s story

Play with a dog

Laugh

Try out meditation club

Stay strong by talking to someone

Speak to friends about the things that are making you sad

Get a teacher to help

Explain to someone how it happened, so it won’t happen again

Try and think of positive things.

Ask for help

Do something that make you happy and calm like drawing or writing

Breath in and out

Don’t give up on what you do as it is motivating and encourages you

Body Image

This week, for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Imagineers will explore how  children think and feel about their bodies, and what can be done to encourage to nurture positive body image.

‘Playing football makes me feel great.’

Who can help support a child to feel good about their body: ourselves, family, parents, sisters/ brothers, family, teachers, social services, friends you trust and PSAs.

‘Teachers can make children cry and upset by putting them down. It might get in the way of a child feeling good about themselves.’

‘Teachers should give us time everyday to do the Daily Mile. They should come out and do it with us.’

Adults can: make sure you have equal boys and girls activities and clubs for children who are gender fluid, compliment and say ‘keep going’ or ‘don’t give up’, make opportunities to experience new things and go new places, make time to talk, make children feel wanted, provide us with healthy snacks and packed lunches, take us to dance classes, let us relax make extra curricular activities for accessible, help us cut down on bad food, let us go outside and play during class, make more better body standards – introduce role models who are more realistic.

‘A pressure on children is social media. You only see the happy side of people’s lives, you don’t see the down. Models are slim and they use Photoshop filters. It makes me feel bad about myself.’

Children can: play badminton at lunchtime, be active, get involved in activities, get sleep, eat healthy food, chill out in the sun to help your body relax and think happy.

‘If you feel good about your body, you may like more people around you because you are less self conscious.’

Making It Better

Sometimes, when a child’s mental health is at risks, they can’t change the really big things, sometimes things are out of their control. But the child can maybe influence enough things to help make a difference. The Imagineers reflected on their scenarios from the last session and improvised ideas for what children and the adults around them could do make things better. 

Mental Health

This week, the focus was on helping Imagineers understanding the concept of mental health.  Just like we all have our physical health, we all have mental health.

When we have good mental health this means we can think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with the challenges it presents. When we have a mental health problem then there is something happening in our lives to make us feel stress or that we are not coping day-to-day, this might make it difficult to do things like go to school or be with other people.

Here are the Imagineers characters and their comics illustrating realistic scenarios that a child might find themselves in. They show a situation where a child’s mental health is at risk because of circumstances and how they feel.

Josh, 9

His parents don’t spend time with him and his sister because they have to work so much. He feels sad, annoyed and left out because his friends at school do fun things with their families.

Billy, 10

His gran is really unwell and so her mom is staying with her a lot, leaving Billy alone at home. Nobody at school knows about it. He has a sore tummy all the time. It is hard to concentrate in class.

Gaby, 13 

She gets slagged off by her mum. Sometimes it’s funny but sometimes she reacts, and arguments happen.  She is lonely and feels angry all the time.

Joe, 13

Joe’s mum has been stressed a lot lately because of the bills and life in her general, so she has been losing her temper and hitting Joe and calling him names. His dad has left his mum to do everything on her own and she feels lonely. She smokes a lot. She now has to go to hospital because of this. Joe is worried for his mum because she is sick. He’s worried she might die.

Chloe 9  

Her parents split up and keep arguing in front of her. At school her teacher doesn’t make her feel welcome in class, she shouts at her when she isn’t feeling good. She feels emotional and cries. She is worried about who she will live with and she feels left out in class.