Life after sexual violence: truth, tenacity and tenderness9 February 2018, Bethan Buswell
Through her own doodles and poetry, and hoping to raise awareness, Bethan tells her story of life after sexual violence.
The toxic shadow of emotional abuse8 February 2018, Bethan Buswell
Bethan shares her story of experiencing covert emotional abuse, its power and control, and the damaging impact that had on her mental health.
Mental Health Awareness Week: call for personal stories
People sharing stories with us are one of the most impactful ways we can raise awareness about the importance of mental health. We’ve reached a cultural tipping point in mental health, thanks to vocal supporters from all walks of life. This year for Mental Health Awareness Week (14-20 May), we're...
Call for personal stories: thank you
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Foundation launches programme for young people with long-term conditions7 February 2018,
Our new initiative to prevent mental health problems arising in children with long-term physical conditions is now available to schools and youth organisations nation-wide after a successful pilot.
The relationship you have with yourself
“The relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” Robert Holden Try this exercise: imagine being in a relationship with someone you didn’t love, found to be deeply flawed, worthless, and not good enough. Now imagine you have to be in this relationship for the rest of your life. How would that relationship feel? How would that relationship affect your thoughts, behaviour and day-to-day life? It’s important to evaluate the relationship you have with yourself. Ask yourself: would you speak to someone else the way you speak about yourself? “Caring for myself is...
Healthy couples’ relationships
What do healthy couples’ relationships tend to look like? Healthy relationships should allow both people in the relationship to feel supported and connected, but also allow each person to maintain their independence. Communication and setting boundaries are two important components of a healthy relationship. Healthy relationships The following traits are often described as being present in healthy relationships Both people treat each other with respect. Both people protect and value the relationship and make it a priority – for example, they invest time in the relationship. There is trust...
What can teachers do? The school environment plays a critical role in the social development of its students. Teachers can work together with students in a number of ways to avoid isolating classmates. Promote and encourage social interactions for children who may be struggling socially by avoiding ‘last one picked’ situations. You can do this by pre-selecting groups or drawing from a hat. Organise a group of classmates to reach out to a student who is isolated. Schools can create form programmes such as buddying or peer mentoring. Let all students know their classroom contributions are...
Student mental health is an important issue to address in higher education. Having student peers and maintaining good social networks throughout the university years protects against mental health problems and fosters positive mental health during stressful periods. Moreover, the support students receive from family and friends helps them remain in higher education, which is important, as having a higher education is a predictor of social connectedness across life into later years. The ‘Look After Your Mate’ guide produced by Student Minds supports you in looking out for your friends...