Mental Health Care For All: Let's Make It A Reality
Mental health does not discriminate. Battling depression and anxiety for the past 25 years I have never shone away from talking about my journey, dark days and times when I really felt like I could not go on. It was talking and sharing my story that allowed me to help others and provide an ear they could talk to. This World Mental Health Day my message is simple ‘Look after each other, but mostly look after yourself. Never feel alone’.
Bronwyn Joyce Founder and Creator of The Global Write
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.
Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.
Let's Take A Writing Journey Together
What is a Writer’s Notebook Seed?
Writing seeds are the ideas, thoughts or triggers that help inspire new writing. They can be teacher directed or collected by the student in their Writer’s Notebook.
This weeks resources are from MargD Teaching Posters
Plant Your Seed
Unpacking our thinking can look like many different things, we can use thinking routines, mind mapping and we can also use templates and organisers to support recording our thoughts.
When we think about Mental Health Day what a great way to come together than to share the things we love and hold so close to our hearts. You can do this in so many different ways. You can use the template supplied or you can draw your own heart in your notebook and fill it with words, phrases, quotes, cut outs, pictures and drawings.
Questions to start you off by Georgia Heard
To bring awareness to Mental Health Day this week we are going to share our hearts on a global Padlet. Add your heart by clicking on the +, Let’s make it the biggest and best yet.
Let's Write Together
Take a look at my Buncee and my promise for World Mental Health Day.
Green is the colour for World Mental Health Day as you can see in this picture.
Write a Poem to signify mental health. It could be a green poem, a personal poem and a poem to share feelings and emotions.
Here are some Mental Health Poems Example
This week’s Flipgrid prompt is from the Flipgrid Discovery Lab and is about building mental health.
Go to https://flipgrid.com/5178ccae and watch Mike Smith’s video where he talks about building mental health.
Mike Smith message is –
No matter how old, how successful, how much money, or how many people love you, we are still human and feel lows and frustrations from time to time. It’s important to learn how to take care of yourself and cope with emotions. How do you practice mental wellness?
Make a flipgrid video sharing the following things with us:
What do you do to decompress or relax? What do you do to make yourself feel better if you’re sad? And who’s that person you like to have with you because they brighten up your day?
Let's Create with AMAZELAB
Add the creativity of STEAM to learning, new ideas each week brought to you by the sensational team at AMAZELAB in the UK.
This week Leonie and the amazelab team are sharing with you all a collaboration they had the utter joy of working alongside Dr Lizzie Burns on creating an origami rainbow (it’s also going to feature in a book!)
It’s part of ‘We can Origami’ also thanks to the National Lottery through Origami pulse in support of creativity and well being. All you need is paper!
Here is Dr Lizzie showing you how to create the rainbow: