Our mental health and wellbeing is just as important as our physical health. We can take care of it in lots of ways for example; by making sure we keep our body healthy, by having good relationships with others and by talking about our feelings.
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is important so that you can enjoy your life to the full and take part in all the opportunities that come your way!
Teach your children about wellbeing using our handy topic guide!
- Help children structure their writing about their feelings with this simple template.
- Use these Beano resources from Young Minds to discuss emotional literacy and resilience.
- This toolkit from Public Health England has resources and activities to help children make healthier food choices.
- This video with accompanying resources from BBC Teach covers emotional wellbeing, including tips for self-care.
- This idea from Scouts UK is a good way to introduce the five ways to wellbeing.
- Try out some of these ideas about communication and feelings using the Pixar film Inside Out.
- Encourage children to think of their positive features with this resource from Young Minds.
- Ask children to briefly reflect on their day, noting down three good things that have happened.
- We have a number of Teaching Packs that are useful when you are teaching your children about their wellbeing.
- There are lots of health and wellbeing lesson ideas and resources on the A-Life site.
- Visit the Food a fact of life site for lots of resources linked to healthy cooking and eating.
- The Premier League Primary Stars site has some terrific resources for talking about and building resilience.
- Sesame Street has produced a number of fantastic resources exploring wellbeing topics for younger children.
- Everybody has mental health, just like physical health. How we feel changes during the day and over time.
- Exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve your mood and keep healthy.
- The study of how minds work is called psychology.
- Laughter has a positive effect on your mood and lowers stress.
- Good quality sleep is important for your mood and memory. The amount of sleep you need gets less as you get older; 5 year olds should have 11 hours sleep a night, but 11 year olds need 9 hours 30 minutes.
What is a good mistake?
Tom is worried about taking risks and making mistakes. See how this starts to change when he does a science project with Caitlin.
Running time: 4:18
Talking Mental Healthc
This animation is designed to help start conversations about mental health.
Running time: 5:27
What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing?
This video, made by teenagers, introduces the 5 ways to wellbeing.
Running time: 1:21
Know Your Emotions
This video is a good overview for children to understand how emotions affect them.
Running time: 4:04
Lucy’s Blue Day
Lucy’s emotions show in her hair; what happens when she wakes up feeling blue?
Running time: 4:39
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