Yesterday saw Mental Well Being week roll out in my school. Both the SPHE and RE departments have made a huge effort to ensure that every student in the school will have classes focusing on how to mind their mental health. As part of the RE department I researched a few resources to use within the senior cycle religion classes. Having trawled through countless blogs, sites and handouts, I highly recommend checking out spunout.ie.
In particular, I think the ‘little things’ section would work very well in the classroom. There are three short videos, each with someone from spunout.ie discussing their experience of going though a difficult time, and focusing on how the ‘little things’ helped get them through it.
In terms of raising awareness and discussion about mental health, the clips could work really well in the classroom.
Alan’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_0o2C02xIY
Una’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO43cGcOlbw
Robert’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j-suBO7k_M
Watching the videos would give a great opportunity for students to take a moment to identify what ‘little things’ work for them and their mental health.
Following the videos, it would be a good idea to discuss some tips for minding mental health, which include:
- Keeping Active
- Talking about your problems
- Doing things with others
- Eating healthily
- Staying in touch
- Drinking less alcohol
- Looking out for others
- Sleeping well