Matters of the mind can’t be ignored. Here are four creative resources focussed on helping young people with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Those of us working or parenting teens, know that poor wellbeing amongst young people is increasing. We know that as part of that, rates of youth self-harm, anxiety and depression are on the rise too. But many young people – and those who care for them – don’t fully understand what wellbeing is, or how to look after it. The diverse resources in this bundle offer creative ways to help young people understand themselves, better deal with difficult emotions, and communicate their feelings to others.
What's in the box?
Head Strong Journal: This journal will take young people on a journey by talking them through each area and how it relates to their mental and emotional health, as well as suggesting loads of fun, creative and reflective activities relating to their mental and emotional wellbeing. The journal looks at 6 key areas in life, how these impact each other, and how caring for each of these areas has more of an impact on our mental health than we may expect. It provides a holistic look at what caring for our mental and emotional health is, and how we can do that in simple ways. The journal is full of quotes, games, activities, reflections and different creative ideas that relate to day to day life.
Talking About Emotions Playing Cards: This set of playing cards is all about helping young people explore their emotions - building understanding and helping them grow in self-awareness. As well as being a functioning pack of 52 playing cards, each card has a different question to explore and discuss. The questions are divided into four categories; understanding emotions, coping with emotions, expressing emotions and emotional perspectives. The cards invite young people to engage in conversations whilst you play any card game. The informal approach creates a safe space that's fun and engaging, but also leads to deep and meaningful discussion.
#Whatif?: This is a new resource, comprised of four games, to help young people develop a greater understanding of the inevitable worries they will experience in their own lives. By contextualising anxiety, young people are empowered to find practical coping strategies, leaving them better prepared to take control of their emotions and challenges they face. The games are designed to build young people's understanding about their own anxious thoughts and feelings and create the setting for important discussions. It comes with an accompanying booklet written by experts, which explains how to run the session safely and well in detail, and provides guidance on exactly what to say so you feel confident running this session.
Affirmation Cards: This set of 6 stylish affirmation quote cards contains inspirational quotes written by young people that emphasise our unique value and purpose. The words are taken from a blog on the selfharmUK website written by a young person about different aspects of their mental health. On the back of each card is the title of the blog and the link to the full blog on the website. The pack also contains an extra card with suggestions of things to do, such as frame them or give them to someone as a gift.
Suitable for: Youth Workers
What's in the box?
- Head Strong Journal
- Talking About Emotions Playing Cards
- Affirmation Cards