Your Mental Health Toolkit

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Your Mental Health Toolkit

Prioritising your mental health looks like positive self-talk and connecting to the right-for-you resources. It looks like laughter, breaking toxic habits and tailoring your friendship circle and social media feeds. Our all-new mental health toolkit will be all of the above and then some.

This new launch has so much that is downloadable, printable and shareable. Feel empowered not only to take what you need, but to share with others too. Putting ourselves first is not always easy, but we hope this digital kit can meet you where you are, in the here and the now.

Health and wellbeing depends on your physical, mental, spiritual and social state. When we have good wellbeing, we feel comfortable, healthy and happy – we flourish. This doesn’t mean that we feel like this all the time, and it’s entirely normal to have times in our lives when we find life that little bit too difficult, sometimes it can be hard to remember what you’re like when you’re feeling well. This is especially the case when you feel that you are overwhelmed.

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Kick-start the mental health chat

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageWhen we’re struggling, the first and hardest step is to find a way to talk about how we’re feeling. But for a lot of us, it can be hard to speak up, and even harder to know how to approach the conversation — who to talk to and what to say.

DISCOVER: Top tips on taking that first step

There’s no right way or best way to talk about mental health issues, but having a plan can help make the process less overwhelming. Just acknowledging that you need help is a really powerful thing. READ MORE…

 

 

Reduce your anxiety today

We’ve all got our own ways of coping with anxiety and uncertainty. For some, it’s a long phone call with friends or family. For others, it’s a run outside in the sunshine. Or, it could be as simple as a relaxed afternoon in front of the television.

But if you’ve not yet found your ideal outlet for de-stressing, it might be time to try adult colouring books. Typically a childhood pastime, colouring in for adults has gained huge traction over recent years, with many touting the wonderful mental health benefits it can bring.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Various designs to choose from

The peace and quiet colouring gives us and the sense of accomplishment when, bit by bit we add colour to a blank space, is a little but potent boost for morale.

What we look for in colouring books for grown-ups is intricacy of pattern, paper quality, and of course, subject matter that is either amusing, educational or offering a whimsy, escapist beauty. READ MORE…

 

 

Do you ‘self-talk’?

Self-talk is the way we speak to ourselves, aside from being an internal monologue of our loves, and day, the words we use that play in our minds say a lot about how we truly view ourselves. Be honest, are the words you use typically positive? Do you tend to criticise yourself more than you compliment?

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Positive Thoughts

We created the worksheet below to help you acknowledge positive thoughts and — because once we believe in our own light, we might just manifest more of it. Print it off and keep it somewhere you’ll see on the regular.

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Move for your mind

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page‘I move for my mind, my body just comes along for the ride!’ <- a new mantra for you.

For years exercise has always been about how it makes your body look, but now it’s about how it makes you feel.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT: Your Step Tracker

We’re not talking exercise as punishment, forget about that grueling HIIT session just because you ate a slice of cake, or that 10 mile run because that dress is little too snug, no.

We mean move because it makes you – and your body – feel great. Move to feel, respect and appreciate your body. Move because it clears your mind of the everyday fuzziness. Move because you want those happy hormones racing through your body.

And, contrary to popular belief, moving for mental health can be more than yoga. Try netball or cycling, badminton or bowling or just walking and trying to beat your own PB – just get yourself moving and enjoy it!

 

Line Managers – how to support your team

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageConversations about wellbeing should be part of the regular dialogue within your team. But if you think someone is having particular difficulties, it’s important to talk to them about it early on.

This can help you understand the situation. You can then work together to agree appropriate adjustments to prevent things from getting worse. Bear in mind that mental health problems affect different people in different ways. You may have to adapt your approach to suit different individuals.

Talking about mental health problems and dealing with disclosure. From confidentiality guidance and how to start the conversation to helpful phrases and questions to use. READ MORE…

 

 

Mental Health Podcasts

Podcasts are audio content which gives you the ability to dive into topics without having to set aside time to read, or watch a video. Podcasts also offer articles in smaller bite-sized chunks which are perfect for daily commutes or busy routines. From a true crime podcast, comedy podcast, pop culture, news, opinions, there is something for everyone, giving you a large variety of content to choose from – here’s our edit of the best Mental Health podcasts to get the conversation started!

 

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#TheMentalHealthMovement

 

Instagram can be a safe space. While its reputation is of glamourous depictions of life adding to the ongoing pressure to live the perfect ‘Insta-worthy’ life and essentially harming our mental health, there are allies out there. It’s not all #badnews
Behind the glitz and glamour of influencers’ feeds, there are thriving, positive Instagram communities filled with people supporting one another through their mental health journeys.

So next time you find yourself aimlessly scrolling on your phone, why not check out some of these accounts to find solidarity in mental health struggles:

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We all go through difficult times, and it can be a healthy reaction to feel negative emotions when facing challenges. There’s no single “right way” to react, and some of us are more deeply affected by events than others. Everyone is different.
Our genes, life experiences, upbringing and environment all affect our mental health and influence how we think and respond to situations. It can also depend on how well other parts of our life are going or how supported we feel.

WATCH: Amazing TED Talks on mental health

Being aware of these factors may make it easier to understand when we, or someone we care about, are struggling.
These tried and tested videos can help you find out more about what can affect our mental health, as well as the things you can do to take care of yourself.Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the page
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Your Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Our Trust take the emotional and mental wellbeing of our school and its teams very seriously. We are looking to invest in Mental Health First Aiders across all of our schools within the Trust, as part of our ‘Year of Mental Health’ campaign in 2022.

FIND OUT: What is a Mental Health First Aider and why they are so important

Whatever our age, background or role in life, from time to time we all have problems, whether emotional, legal, financial or work related. Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is here to support and all employees have access to the Trust wellbeing portal which offers unlimited access to information, advice and emotional support on a number of wellbeing subjects. For more information, visit www.my-eap.com/login, with username: TSATwell

You can also access the 24 hour a day 365 days a year counselling support phone line on 0800 1116 387.

Our HR Team are always here to help if you have any queries or concerns, or if you just need some general advice. They can also signpost you to the appropriate support services if you are struggling.