Managing your wellbeing.
Here are a few tips to help young people cope with the stresses and strains of life, whether they are just starting with us or students revising for their exams.
Physical health – doing exercise everyday will improve your concentration, memory and help you feel good and boost your confidence. https://www.nhs.uk/change4life is a website that can help you to improve your fitness and activity levels.
Nutrition – eating a healthy diet will help to keep your energy levels and concentration high. A healthy diet includes complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, low sugar snacks and plenty of water. A great website to help you to find out how to eat and drink more healthily is https://www.nhs.uk/change4life
Rest & recovery – it is important for adults and children to have time for rest, relaxation and “down time” as it can help us rebuild and revive ourselves. Rest and relaxation help to improve our productivity & concentration.
Sleep – Getting enough sleep will reduce anxiety and stress while at the same time improving alertness and attention span. Older students should get 8 – 9 hours’ sleep each night, while younger students need more. However old you are, make sure you stop using electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime, to help you get to sleep.
Stress management – Try to create personal strategies to help you to cope with anxiety or stress. Examples include breathing techniques, taking time out, mindfulness, talking to friends or physical activity.
Other organisations who can help:
The Young Minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 mental health crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. The service is free and anonymous, however if they feel you are at immediate risk of harm they may share your details with people who can provide support.
Crisis messenger service could help with urgent issues such as:
* Suicidal thoughts
* Abuse or assault
* Relationship breakdown
Child Exploitation and Online Protection, support and guidance for young people and anyone concerned about a young person.
If you are a victim of a sexual online abuse or you are worried this is happening to someone you know you can make a report safely and securely that will be acted upon.
Worcestershire Well Being Hub/Healthy Minds
Worcestershire Healthy Minds supports people aged 16 and over who are experiencing such problems as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.
You can self-refer to Worcestershire Healthy Minds
PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)
PAPYRUS, Hopeline UK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to Children, teenagers and young people or anyone who is concerned about a young person
Text 07507 331750
Confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19yrs old. Managed daily by specialist school health nurses.
Sexual Health Concerns
Please contact Arrowside clinic on 01527 516398. A sexual health nurse will be able to advise you on any concerns.