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We all know that it is important to stay physically fit and healthy; however, it is equally important to stay mentally fit and healthy, and this will be the focus of our PSHE learning this week. smiley


Mental Health - First Thoughts


On a blank piece of A4 paper, write down all the words, feelings and emotions you think are associated with mental health. Alternatively, you may prefer to draw or make a collage from magazine and newspaper cuttings.


Mental Health - Definitions


Look at the following definitions, and decide which ones best sum up what we mean when talking about 'mental health'. Can you explain and justify why?


Mental Health - Definitions

'How we think, feel and behave.'

NHS England


'A state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.'

The WHO (World Health Organisation)

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Our mental health can be thought of as being on a scale that can move up or down, a bit like a thermometer. Mental health can move anywhere up or down the thermometer, between being healthy or unwell. We can all move along the scale at any time, but there are things that we can do to support us to stay in the healthy and coping areas. Sometimes, we may go in to the struggling or unwell areas. To support us with our mental health, we can put things in place to help us feel better and move out of the struggling or unwell areas.

Signs of Well-being

Signs of Well-being 1

On a sheet of paper, draw this tree man. Then, thinking about signs of well-being, try to answer these questions around your drawing:

  • How do we know if someone feels good in their body (physical health)?
  • How do we know if someone feels good in their mind (mental health)?
  • What clues might suggest that someone does not feel good in their body or mind?
  • Are we always able to tell how someone feels physically or mentally?

Please email me your Signs of Well-Being Mind Maps!

Activities for Health

Activities for Health 1
Activities for Health 2

Can you organise these 'Activities for Health Cards' under headings: things we should do EVERYDAY, SOMETIMES, IF THERE IS A PROBLEM and RARELY.

Key Point: Many of the activities that help people's physical health also help their mental health!

Jay's Story

Jay's Story 1
Can you plot Jay's mental health on the thermometer? Then, suggest ways to strengthen Jay's ability to cope, so that Jay can manage his well-being to avoid moving into the struggling zone, and reduce his chances of being in the unwell area.

Finally, could you compile a list of top tips to help people take care of their mental health? You could consider a specific audience...

  • Other primary school pupils.
  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Teachers

Do send me your top tips!