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#BreakTheStigma – Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness nationwide for mental health.

Organised by the Mental Health Foundation (the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health), Mental Health Awareness Week aims to inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.

Now celebrating its 19th year, Mental Health Awareness Week provides an annual focus point and theme for mental health – raising awareness and equipping people with the tools and information they need to take action.

Monday 13th May to Sunday 19th May 2019

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on body image, and how issues surrounding this topic can affect all of us at any age, directly impacting our mental health and well-being.

Why is it important?

Last year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focused on stress and results of a 2018 survey found that a staggering 30% of all adults have felt stressed, overwhelmed or unable to cope due to thoughts surrounding their body image and appearance. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

New statistics have shown that nearly half (47%) of all 18-24-year olds have also felt this way about their body image, as did 1 in 5 (18%) of people aged 55 and over.

“Body image issues can affect all of us at any age… and during MHAW we will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools” – Mental Health Foundation.

Wanting to reach more people than ever, The Mental Health Foundation urges as many people as possible to get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Doing your bit to help raise a greater awareness about the relationship between body image and mental health at all stages of life is imperative in making this year’s MHAW a success.

What will Boomerang be doing?

Here at Boomerang Education we’re focusing on being kind to our mind!

In order to help spread positivity in schools across the UK, we will be including a four-page mental health spread in our school planners. This spread will include tips on managing stress, ways to lead a more mentally healthy lifestyle and helplines and mobile apps that may just be invaluable to you and those around you.

This collaboration between Boomerang Education and Rainbow Education Group will be rolled out in all Boomerang Education school planners from September 2019. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Support available

According to the mental health charity Mind, “good mental health means being generally able to think, feel and react in ways that you need and want to live your life”.

 Mental health affects more people than we realise – so, if you know someone who is suffering from poor mental health here are a wide range of support networks across the UK.

Mental Health Foundation – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mind – https://www.mind.org.uk

Time to Change – https://www.time-to-change.org.uk

Together – http://www.together-uk.org

Centre for Mental Health – https://www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk

Young Minds – https://youngminds.org.uk

Anxiety UK – https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk

If you want to help us support Mental health Awareness Week and be featured on our social media, send us a Tweet explaining your favourite body part to @BoomEdLtd using the hashtag #BeBodyKind.

Additionally, if you want to find out more about the mental health spread in our school planners, contact a member of our sales team on 01252 368 328 or email us at  info@boomerang-ed.com

World Health Day: Mental Health Awareness in School

What is World Health Day?

World Health Day is a global awareness day, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), that we celebrate each year on 7th April. It marks the founding of WHO and is a fantastic opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a specific subject, chosen each year.

The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign is “depression – let’s talk”. The aim is to mobilise action on something that affects people of all ages, all over the world.

As well as highlighting World Health Day in our school planners, we are dedicating this week’s blog post to mental health awareness in the school environment.

Early recognition

Recognition of mental illness and subsequent early diagnosis can greatly improve the lives of children and teens in school.

Research suggests that teens with mental health problems who do get appropriate treatment have increased scholastic test scores.

Effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate can contribute to improved student achievement.

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Spotting the warning signs

Recognising the warning signs in students means that we are better equipped to provide appropriate help within school or outside of school if necessary.

As a teacher, you see your students every day and may be among the first to notice symptoms. Things to look out for include:

  • Increased lateness or absence
  • Angry or aggressive behaviour
  • Poor concentration
  • Student seems withdrawn, silent, lacks friends — especially if this is a change in behavior
  • Student appears overly anxious or worried, even fearful

What happens next

If you do spot one or more of the above signs in a particular student, ask yourself:

1) How frequently is this happening?

Warning signs will usually persist over a couple of weeks, and will not go away.

2) How extreme is the change in behaviour?

If a warning sign does show up, even if infrequent, it’s important to determine whether there is a significant change in behavioural pattern.

If you feel that there is an issue, reach out to the student in question and connect them to the school mental health staff.

For more advice on recognising mental health issues, the NHS website is a good starting point.