Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing
The Growth Mindset
Stress and Anxiety
Depression and Suicide
Click on the images and hyperlinks bellow for information on these topics and the organisations who can provide help and support when you need it. Remember: every pupil has an assigned Guidance teacher who is there to help and support you at all times.
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SHANARRI indicators allow us to reflect on your child’s wellbeing and look for ways that we can improve on their school experience. These wellbeing indicators can also be used to record observations, events and concerns and as aid to creating an individual plan for your child in consultation with the Pupil Support team. Your child will have an assigned Guidance teacher who can give you an update on their progress in school and across the curriculum. Please do not hesitate to get in contact should you have any concerns about how your child is doing. Guidance staff will consult with your child’s teachers and will be able to give you an update on their progress and put strategies in place to improve their wellbeing and overall attainment.
The Growth Mindset
1. Intelligence is fixed and is part of our genetic makeup.
2. Working hard won’t make a lot of difference if you don’t have a natural ability to begin with.
3. I would rather do something easy and not make mistakes than work hard to learn something new.
1. Intelligence can be developed.
2. Just because I can’t do something now doesn’t mean I can’t learn to do it if I put in the effort.
3. I enjoy tackling new challenges as you don’t learn anything if you just keep doing easy things. Failing just means that I haven’t learned how to do it yet.
There is a mass of rigorously-tested scientific evidence which shows that intelligence is not fixed and is not part of your genetic makeup. The difficulty is that when something is hard or takes us out of our comfort zone we look for people to reinforce the negative feelings we have for ourselves. This is always easier to believe than positive advice and encouragement which may challenge us.
Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing
Everyone has mental health. It involves our emotional, psychological, and social well-being and it affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. One in four adults in the UK are likely to have a mental health problem at some stage in their life with 83 million people in Europe experiencing a mental health condition every year.
If you are anxious or worried about any aspect of your mental health (or are worried about someone else's) please speak to a teacher or a trusted adult as soon as possible. We're here to help and support you at all times.
Alternatively, you can find information on independent organisations below or by clicking on the above graphics.
Childline: 0800 1111
Young Minds: 0808 802 5544
The Mix: 0808 808 4994
Mind: 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
Beat (Beating Eating Disorders), Youthline: 0808 801 0711
Anorexia and Bulimia Care: 03000 11 12 13
Breathing Space: 0800 838 587
The Samaritans: 116 123
What Happens When You Call ChildLine?
When you call us on 0800 1111 you’ll come through to our switchboard. This is where someone friendly will ask if you want to speak to a counsellor. If you log in for a 1-2-1 counsellor chat online, you might wait a little while before being connected with a counsellor. You can also send us an email from your locker.
We know it can sometimes be scary talking to counsellors. Especially for the first time. You might be unsure about what to say or how they'll react. Or wonder who they are?
They're a bunch of different people, some old and some young. They all work for us in the UK but many come from different countries like Poland, Ghana, Australia, India, China, France and other places. They have all sorts of hobbies and interests. But most importantly, they all care about young people and give up some of their time to volunteer as counsellors.
You can also ask them their name if you like and they'll tell you their first name.
Usually a phone call lasts 30 minutes and a 1-2-1 counsellor chat lasts around 40 minutes. But this could be less or more depending on what help you need. If you need to contact us again, we'll always be here for you.
Calls Are Free And DO NOT Show On Your Phone Bill - You Can Even Phone If You Don't Have Credit In Your Phone
Call us on 0800 1111. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles in the UK. And they won't show up on your phone bill. Even if you don't have credit on your mobile phone you can still call us for free.
We're a safe place for you to talk.
Calls are not recorded and your number won't show up on any phone bills. Counsellors write some notes about what you tell them. They also keep notes for 1-2-1 counsellor chats and emails and save copies of what you’ve said in a chat or email. These notes stay safe at Childline.
They keep notes to help understand what you’re going through and support you if you contact us again. It can also make it easier for us to get help to you if you’re in danger.
Put Your Thoughts In An Email
Writing can be a great way of getting things out. And emailing our counsellors gives you the space to say exactly what you want, in the way you want.
You can share as much detail about yourself as you like. And you can double check what you’ve written before you send it to us.
Reading over the messages sent between you and the counsellors can give you a chance to think of how things might be changing for you. And what support you’d like from us.
It’s quick and easy to sign up. You don’t need to give your email address or your name if you don’t feel comfortable.
You can email us anytime and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. Need immediate support? Call us free on 0800 1111 or have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat.
Childline is confidential. Find out more about what this means.
mental health toolkit
Click on the PowerPoints below for more information on how to stay mentally healthy. Remember, your teachers are here to provide help and support at all times. You can also speak to our school counselor Dorothy by speaking to the Pupil Support office or any member of staff.
Click on the links in the headings below for materials from Course III and our Stress and Anxiety course.
Try our QR code mental health challenge in the Assembly Hall!
Over the last 30-40 years, instances of eating disorders have increased to become a widespread problem. It is estimated that there are over 1.6 million people suffering from diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorders throughout the UK. Eating disorders are characterised by an abnormal attitude towards food that causes someone to change their eating habits and behaviour. A person with an eating disorder may focus excessively on their weight and shape, leading them to make unhealthy choices about food with damaging results to their health. Eating disorders are often blamed on the social pressure to be thin, as young people in particular feel they should look a certain way. However, the causes are usually more complex. An eating disorder may be associated with other mental health issues such as depression, abuse, bullying and stress.
We look at four of the most common eating disorders in Health and Wellbeing – anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. Click HERE to find out more about these conditions in our factsheet adapted from the NHS.
Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives. Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a long-lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations. It's a common problem that usually starts during the teenage years. For some people it gets better as they get older, although for many it doesn't go away on its own. Social anxiety is more than shyness. It's an intense fear that doesn't go away and affects everyday activities, self-confidence, relationships and work or school life. Many people occasionally worry about social situations, but someone with social anxiety feels overly worried before, during and after them. It is often related to ‘low self-esteem’ or a poor opinion of yourself, which may have begun in childhood. Some people seem to be naturally more anxious and have learned to worry. Others may have had stressful life events which have led them to feel like this.
Balanced vs Anxious Thoughts
Am I mind-reading and putting words into people’s mouths? For example – “They think I’m boring.”
Am I fortune-telling or catastrophising? For example – “It will be a disaster and everyone will be laughing at me.”
Am I personalising? For example – “He looks tense because he thinks he will have to sit with me.”
Am I focussing only on the bad things? – For example – “I really clammed up when I tried to speak to Jane” (ignoring that you have been able to speak easily to others that day).
Tackling Avoidance Behaviours
It is important to:
Gradually reduce the avoidance and begin to face the things you fear.
Begin by making a list of all the avoidance and safety behaviours that you aim to prevent.
Next make an ‘anxiety ladder’ where those targets easiest to achieve are at the bottom and your most difficult situations are at the top.
Depression isn’t always that girl crying in the bathroom or the boy wearing long sleeves. It isn’t always suicide notes and pill bottles. Sometimes it’s all smiles and good grades. Sometimes it’s the boy that’s always helpful and the girl you always borrow things from. Depression isn’t always that easy to notice.
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn't a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together". The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
How You Might Feel With Depression
Down, upset or tearful
Restless, agitated or irritable
Guilty, worthless and down on yourself
Empty and numb
Isolated and unable to relate to other people
Finding no pleasure in life or things you usually enjoy
A sense of unreality
No self-confidence or self-esteem
Hopeless and despairing
How You Might Behave With Depression
Avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy
Self-harming or suicidal behaviour
Finding it difficult to speak or think clearly
Difficulty in remembering or concentrating on things
Using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual
Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
Feeling tired all the time
No appetite and losing weight, or eating too much and gaining weight
Physical aches and pains with no obvious physical cause
Moving very slowly, or being restless and agitated
Sadly, depression often links to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. If you ever have these kind of thoughts it is VITAL that you speak to someone immediately (your parents, a teacher or another trusted adult) about how you are feeling and seek professional help. If you're worried about acting on thoughts of suicide, you can call an ambulance, go straight to A&E or call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 to talk.
Self-harm is any act which involves deliberately inflicting pain and/or injury to one’s own body but without suicidal intent. It is usually an attempt to stay alive in the face of great emotional pain.
Cutting and burning are the most obvious types of self-harm but they are certainly not the only ways in which a person may self-harm. Whether or not something could be regarded as self-harm may depend on the extent to which a person behaves in this way, e.g. exercising and comfort eating can be positive or harmless things, but when taken to the utmost extremes can be very harmful. Another important factor is why the person is doing it and what they are getting out of it, e.g. working hard may be something a person needs to do, but sometimes people ‘bury themselves’ in work as a way of avoiding feelings or problems. Self-harm can be non-physical e.g. excessive self-criticism or worrying. People who self-harm do not have a particular look or come from a certain background. Anyone can self-harm no matter what their family life, financial situation or personal successes in life, work or school are. Thinking in stereotypes is dangerous and allows people who self-harm to easily hide behind a mask.
We are committed to ensuring that you feel safe and valued in school. Every pupil has a Guidance teacher who they can talk to at any time about anything that they may be going through.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns about your child by phone on 0141 533 3100 or by email (schooloffice.SPTA@west-dunbarton.gov.uk).