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Mental health problems are common. Research suggests that one in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives. This page looks looks at methods, tips and tools regarding emotional and mental health self care.

   #SelfCareSummer – Anna Freud NCCF@AFNCCF

Are you ready for #SelfCareSummer? We have created packs for schools to help young people find strategies to support their mental health and wellbeing over the holidays, and we have also created a self-care toolkit for staff. Download now ...Read more

   A FREE GUIDE – How to look after your mental health

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Below is a link to a FREE guide put together by based around 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time...Read more

   A good work-life balance

Anxiety can become a vicious cycle that’s hard to break out of. In a recent survey 29% of people said work was a source of anxiety, so it's important to keep a healthy work-life balance. Mental Health Foundation have got some useful tips: ...Read more

   Childline’s Calm Zone

There are lots of ways to feel calmer. The trick is finding out what works for each individual. Childline have free resources of ideas, games, tools and exercises designed to help children and young people stay calm as much as possible. To find out more click here: ...Read more

   Mind – Understanding Mental Health

This resource explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available. Also provides guidance on where to find more information, and tips for friends and family. If you require this information in Word document...Read more

   My self-care plan: Primary & Secondary

Anna Freud have put together some wonderful free resources: This #SelfCareSummer plan walks primary and secondary aged children through steps to help them create a simple self-care plan that works for them and t...Read more

   NHS – How to access mental health services

Please use the link below to find out more information, written and produced by the NHS, on how to access mental health services that are available across the UK: ...Read more

   Self care Sunday

NB: Education Support Self care Sunday – take time for yourself to relax and recharge. It's absolutely ok to do so ...Read more

   Self-Care isn’t selfish

As a new academic year begins remember selfcare is not selfish. Read below how to prioritise selfcare: ...Read more

   Something quick to try…

The experience of happiness rises if you, once a day, write down, draw or think about 3 good things about yourself and your life - big or small. It could be thoughts, experiences or actions. You have to do it every day at the end of the day for at least a month in order to feel the effect, and t...Read more

   Staff mental health in education toolkit

People are more and more aware of the need to support children, young people and those in education with their mental health. But working in education can have its intense demands and pressures too. Whether in colleges, schools or universities, it’s important to look out for staff and...Read more

   What are you doing to look after yourself this weekend?

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   Your Mind Plan

This quiz was developed by public health England as a part of their ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign. It includes 5 quick questions which, depending on your answers, will help build you a practical plan that you can use to maintain and improve your mental health and wellbeing. Take th...Read more