Prince Henry’s has supported Young Minds over the last few years with their #HelloYellow campaign. Each year we have had a cake sale to raise funds for the charity so they can support children & Young People with their mental health. Unfortunately, this year we are not able to do this. However, the school canteen will be serving food around a yellow theme.
One in 7 young people between the ages of 4 – 17 will experience some sort of mental health. Within the current pandemic, where normal routines are not happening and we are experiencing periods of isolation, now, more than ever, is it important to start the conversation about mental health.
We are all different; we all look and behave differently. Our differences are on the surface but underneath we all experience the same highs and lows as everyone else. We all have positive thoughts and negative thoughts, we have days when we are happy and sad – we all go through the same emotions.
When it comes to our physical health, we all know that we should exercise; it is good for our bodies, makes the systems in our bodies work more efficiently, helps us sleep better. We all know that if we eat healthily it will help our bodies work efficiently; we can combat heart disease and other lifestyle illnesses, so we know it helps our physical health.
It is fantastic to be able to help others to create a positive mental health. However, it is equally important to look after ourselves too. As we are talking about mental health, please take the time to think about what you can do to promote your own positive mental health. Sometimes we are so focused on others, that we forget about ourselves.
Make sure you do the following:
- Eat & drink water
- Take care with your appearance and hygiene
- Don’t compare yourselves to others –especially with the lives of people on social media
- Sleep, at least 8 hours a night
- Think kindly of yourself; look for positives everyday
- Get outside
- Connect with others – socialise with friends and family
Just as physical health and healthy eating is an everyday part of our lives, now is the time to make mental health a part of our daily lives too. Over the next few weeks, there will be more information, tips and advice on how to manage our mental health available. Please continue to talk and #starttheconversation on how you are feeling and encourage others to do the same. If you need someone to talk to or you are concerned about a friend please tell your form tutor or speak to your Year Team – Mental Health matters.