Children’s Mental Health Week is a special time when we celebrate the uniqueness of every child and raise awareness of children’s mental health. The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘My Voice Matters’, running from 5th – 11th February 2024. The theme ‘My Voice Matters’ empowers children

There are many ways in which a young child can benefit from therapy sessions. For example, there could be a family breakdown with separation or divorce, difficulties at school, attachment or trauma issues, grief or loss, low self-esteem, anxiety or depression. Increasingly, issues such as self-harm and eating disorders are

We all experience grief and loss in our lives. We mostly consider this in terms of the loss of a loved one, however other forms of loss such as losing a job, moving school/home/area and divorce can also be difficult experiences that might cause us to go through a grieving

The aim of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to celebrate the efforts being made in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for everyone who is interested in mental health issues to talk about their experiences, and

Work Life Balance, three simple words we hear often but how much notice do we really take? For many this may seem an impossible dream, something we’d like to aspire to, but not a reality we can maintain. Demands on our time can be endless. Work, family, keeping up with

What does it mean to be brave? The theme of this year’s Youth Mental Health Day is #BeBrave. Bravery can be different for different people, and what it means to one probably isn’t the same as what it means to another. It could be brave for one person to go

Visualisation exercises can be a really effective way to relax our bodies and minds by picturing a peaceful and calming scene. In this audio, Karen Allin, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, guides you through imagining a soothing walk through a woodland to help create a calming state.

Visualisation exercises can be a really effective way to relax our bodies and minds by picturing a peaceful and calming scene. In this audio, Karen Allin, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, guides you through imagining a relaxing trip to the beach to help create a calm state.

Making the decision to begin therapy for the first time can take a lot of thought and time, and can result in you having questions about what it involves and what it might be like. Below are the answers to some common questions that you may have. How does therapy

What is it? Emotional literacy is the understanding we have about ourselves, our feelings and the feelings of other people. It’s thinking about what may make us act out in poor behaviour or choices or, acting in with low self-esteem or withdrawing ourselves. It’s also about our communication, either verbally

Many people like an element of challenge in their life as challenge can be interesting and exciting for us to overcome and a little stress can be a positive force to give us energy, to motivate and improve our performance. However, stress is like an electric current, and if the

Reflecting on things which have happened is the gateway to understanding these events. Working within the health and social care fields (or any job where we are working directly with people), it is important that we consider and reflect on how we are executing that care or support. When we

Stress is a feeling of being overwhelmed and under a lot of pressure, which everybody experiences in their lives. You may get feelings like everything is getting too much and that you cannot cope. It can be in response to pressure you have put upon yourself, or to your environment.

Anxiety is a normal feeling and can affect us all from time to time, but it can become a problem when it makes you feel very stuck, overwhelmed or worried for a long period of time. Click here to read our top tips for tackling anxiety for young people.

While the festive period is a very exciting time of year for many it is also a whirlwind of lights, smells, singing and important changes to routine with plays at school, late night trips and family and friends visiting. These things can become overwhelming for many children and adults, especially

In partnership with Operation Encompass, we are very proud to provide our expert, immediate advice to professionals calling the Advice Line seeing guidance to help them best support children and young people in their care. An evaluation of the Professionals’ Advice and Guidance Line was carried out between October 2021

Although there is no legal definition on what constitutes as bullying, the anti-bullying charity Ditch defines it as “an imbalance of power which is used to either defame, harass, intimidate or upset another person.” A recent Ofcom report (2022) indicated that 39% of 8–17-year-olds reported some form of bullying either

Like many of us, I found growing up really hard going, a rollercoaster of emotions, trying to navigate relationships, not least my relationship with myself. After what seemed like years in the wilderness, I became fascinated in understanding ‘what makes us tick’ as human beings, and the core ingredients to

What is self-care? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines self-care as a way to promote, prevent and maintain good health for individuals and communities without outside help. The same term is often used by individuals and professionals to consider a holistic approach to our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual

When a child experiences difficulties in attending school, the impacts can be far-reaching for both the child and their family. Various terminology is used to describe school non-attendance (SNA), such as ‘Emotionally based school non-attendance’ and ‘emotionally-based school avoidance’ (EBSA). Often researchers and educators distinguish between truancy and EBSA; however,

Humans seek social contact and meaningful connection with others. When there is a discrepancy between our individual need for social contact and the actual contact we are getting, we may experience feelings of loneliness. Loneliness is often a concept only associated with adults, however people of all ages can experience

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness with the aim to encourage us to consider the impacts of loneliness on mental health and how we might all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities. What does it mean to be lonely? Loneliness is a human

Overcoming challenges and setbacks can be difficult for children and young people (as well as adults), however it can really help to boost their resilience and to help them bounce back from struggles they encounter. We share out tips on supporting children to develop the emotional skill of resilience in

The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Growing Together’, which encourages children (and adults) to reflect on their emotional growth and how they can support others to grow too. We share our thoughts on this important topic here in our Growing Together Blog. Growing Emotionally We are

If you know someone who is experiencing mental health difficulties it can be difficult to know what to do, but there are a number of things you can do to support them. One of the most important ways to help is to talk to them in order to find out

Heart rate variability is closely linked to your heart rate, in particular how long it takes your heart to return to a steady rate after exercise or experiencing a fright. Anxiety and stress can reduce our heart rate variability. Our Information Sheet explores further what is meant by Heart Rate

Resilience refers to our ability to withstand, recover and adjust after something difficult or traumatic has happened to us. Being resilient is not about just ‘getting on with it’ and staying positive all the time. It comes from being in touch with life’s challenges. Resilience can be seen as a

We all experience stress at times throughout our lives, however too much stress can have a major impact on our lives. Take a look at our Stress Management Guide to learn more about what stress is, the symptoms you may experience and stress management techniques to build your resilience and

This video is an introduction to the Operation Encompass Teachers’ Helpline, supported by Psychology Associates. The helpline provides advice and guidance to school staff working with and supporting vulnerable children and their families who have been impacted by domestic violence.

This short video provides advice and guidance for professionals working with vulnerable young people living with or who have experienced domestic abuse.

This short video explores the vital role that schools and their staff have in supporting child victims of domestic abuse.

This short video focuses on domestic abuse in context, and the important considerations for staff working with young children (KS1-2).

This video provides advice and guidance to support police officers attending domestic incidents in homes where children or young people are present.

Children’s emotional well-being is of equal importance to their physical health, and having an understanding of what mental health is and how to look after it is vital. Our resource aims to break this down for children to help them learn to support their mental health as early as possible

Young people’s emotional well-being is of equal importance to their physical health, and being able to understand their mental health is vital. Our Understanding Mental Health for Young People resource explains what is meant by mental health and how to recognise mental health difficulties, as well as providing guidance on

Self-care is the deliberate practice of any activity that we do in order to support our mental, physical and emotional health. It is so vital for maintaining a positive relationship with ourselves and our well-being, as well as helping us to be better equipped to manage the stressors of daily

Books are an effective way in which to engage children in important concepts that may be challenging and difficult to discuss. Domestic Abuse can be viewed as one such subject. In partnership with Operation Encompass, our team have written a range of reviews on books which can be used to

Our Meditation and our Mental Health resource explores the many benefits that practicing meditation can bring for our mental health and overall wellbeing. It also explores suggestions for how to incorporate meditation in to your daily routine as a mindfulness and self-care activity.

Evidence strongly suggests that being connected to nature helps us to flourish by improving our mental and physical health. We explore the psychological and physical wellbeing benefits of nature on our Nature and our Mental Health Resource, and also outlines suggestions for how you can connect with nature to better

There is a very close connection between sleep and mental health; poor mental health can cause sleep difficulties, and poor sleep can have a negative effect on our mental health. Our resource explores this relationship further and covers key guidance on improving sleep quality. For further advice and resources to

Visualisation exercises and goal setting can be very effective strategies to boost your wellbeing, both by helping you to regulate your emotions, as well as promoting feelings of security, positivity, and achievement. Our Visualisation and Goal Setting resource explores the positive impact visualisation can have for supporting our mental health,

Physical and mental health are interconnected and equally important. To learn more about how exercising can help to protect and support your mental health and wellbeing, please read our The Benefits of Exercise for our Mental Health resource. 

Sometimes, the way we think can keep us trapped in a viscous loop. Download our get Rid of You’re A.N.T.S resource to read our expert guidance on identifying your automatic negative thoughts, Recognising your Triggers and challenging your ANTS.

Our managing low confidence resource aims to help children and young people understand what is meant by confidence and the impact that having low confidence can have. It also features helpful tools that young people can use to boost their self-confidence.

Protecting and supporting our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. This resource is a guide to improving your mental wellbeing by identifying and tackling triggers for stress and anxiety and by implementing positive and effective strategies for prioritising your mental health. 

Did you know that your brain releases happiness chemicals that help to make you feel good? In our Daily Dose of Happiness resource, we explore the role of each of the four happiness chemicals, how deficiency can impact your wellbeing, and how to utilise practical strategies to naturally increase happy

Our mental health in the workplace resource outlines our expert advice for recognising and supporting colleagues with mental health difficulties in order to help promote a more positive and productive working environment.

Anticipatory anxiety refers to the worry and fear that you may feel for an extended period about a future situation or event. Our information sheet highlights how to recognise anticipatory anxiety and provides practical strategies to help tackle it.

Together with Operation Encompass, we have developed the tool ‘Recovery and Resilience Planning’ as a summary to guide education setting staff in their understanding and support, focussing on relationships, emotional wellbeing, engagement and learning.

It is crucial for young people to recognise the effects social media can have on their mental health. This resource identifies how social media can impact young people’s wellbeing and provides tips on how to make the most of social media in a mental health friendly way.

Resources for Adults  Samaritans – You can access confidential emotional support at any time from Samaritans either by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org Mental Health Foundation – 10 minute mindfulness practice exercise narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/mindfulness-10-minute-practice-exercise Resources for Young People