A mental illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves and interacts with other people.
It is easy to rush through daily life without stopping to notice much. Paying attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts, feelings and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting wellbeing. It doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-placed activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as providing some level of exercise.
Continued learning though life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It is clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Research show that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
To access any of the support providers listed below, please contact your child’s Learning Manager at the academy who will, where necessary, make a referral or provide you with the contact details.