What is Mental Wellbeing?
It’s about how we are feeling, and it’s about our mind and our emotions. It’s normal to have feelings – sad, happy nervous, fear, anger. All normal! Even a little bit of worry is normal – worry about tests, or about fitting in with friends, about lessons we don’t like or games we’re not good at.
If your worries are there all the time it may be that you could use a little help - we don't need to carry lots of worry around with us.
It’s really important to talk about how you are feeling!
This is the Listening Elephant – she’s got big ears so that she can listen to you.
Wherever you see the listening Elephant around school, it’s a reminder to check in with yourself about how you are feeling and if you need to talk to someone. If you want to talk to an adult but don’t know how, find a Listening Elephant card, write your name on the back and give it to your teacher or an adult you feel safe with. This way they can come and find you, and talk to you.
Why does talking help?
- It helps us to not feel that we are alone
- It feels better to share a worry than to bottle it up
- It can stop the worry from feeling so big and scary
- It helps us to understand what’s happening for us and how we can find help
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SILLY FEELING – ALL FEELINGS ARE IMPORTANT!
Which of these things do you think are good for your mental wellbeing?
Playing a game
How many did you tick? 3 or 4? All 7?
If you ticked all 7 then you were right!! The first 4 are excellent for our mental wellbeing, but it’s also important to relax and enjoy your free time, as well as having a treat sometimes!
What to do if you are worried about your feelings?
There are lots of places you can go to get help or just to find out a bit more about feelings and how to manage them.
Who you can talk to in school:
- A friend you trust
- A Feelings First Aider
- An adult you trust
- Who you can talk to outside of school:
- A friend you trust
- An adult you are comfortable with – this could be mum or dad, or it could be a grandparent or other family member, an adult at a club you go to