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LifeSkills has developed this resource with support from the mental health anti-stigma and discrimination campaign, Time to Change, run by the partner charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The activities on this page help young people understand the significance of mental wellbeing to their future success and career prospects. Explore the resources below to suit the time you have available and your teaching methods, from short interactive activities to an in-depth, curriculum-linked toolkit with a range of activities for a group of students:
How do these activities help students understand the importance of their mental wellbeing?
These activities highlight that, just like our physical health, mental wellbeing is something everyone has and must look after. They emphasise that this is particularly important for young people when moving from education into the world of work, which can be a challenging period of change, and can even have an impact on their employability success too.
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This two-part toolkit is designed to help young people understand the importance of mental wellbeing, and how it can have an impact on their future success and career prospects.
This toolkit aims to:
To ensure that both parts of the toolkit work together smoothly, please make sure you download and save both PDF documents into the same folder on your computer.
Please note that students below the age of 14 cannot sign up for their own LifeSkills account. Any independent tasks must be printed or downloaded and provided digitally for them to complete as they are currently hosted on educator pages.
The Wellbeing coping strategies independent worksheet encourages students to explore their existing understanding of wellbeing and how they overcome challenges. The worksheet contains themes from the full lesson plan and can be printed or completed digitally, and you might choose to assign it:
LifeSkills has partnered with education charities The Talent Foundry and Business in the Community to create Online lessons that can be watched anywhere.
Kamal takes us through Luke’s story and encourages students to identify any moments where he is experiencing pressure or stress while studying for his GCSEs. Through the scenario, the film shows young people practical strategies they can use in their own life when feeling under pressure. Use it in the classroom, perhaps alongside the toolkit where Luke also appears, or use it as a remote learning activity.
Making sure students’ mental wellbeing is a priority is integral to helping them with personal development and overcoming challenges, and the 'Aiming high (proactivity)' lesson, 'Identifying workplace behaviours and values' lesson and ‘Staying positive (resilience)’ lesson are a great way help them keep it in the foreground. Refer to our Content guide to find out how LifeSkills resources can be used in PSHE lessons and more.
For more on mindfulness head to BBC Teach to access their film outlining how more of us can incorporate mindfulness techniques into our everyday lives, plus other resources to promote wellbeing.
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