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Looking for content to share with your school community about student mental health and wellbeing? Here you will find information to use in your regular newsletters including direct links to ReachOut.com.

This will help you to:

  • Design newsletters with fresh and engaging articles
  • Inform your school community about the importance of young people's mental health
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1. Stress and anxiety

Stressful situations are a part of life that everybody goes through. High School can be a particularly stressful time for students, epically in the last term of school with assessments, exams and change on the horizon. When managed well stress can be good for students as it may make them alert and focused on getting a task done. However, when stress is not managed correctly it can make students feel nervous, anxious, worried and fatigued causing them to struggle with everyday tasks. It is important that we teach our students stress relief strategies so they can manage stress and maintain wellbeing throughout busy times. It is also important that teachers and parents are aware of students stress levels so they can support students and make sure they are coping.

ReachOut.com fact sheets

Burnout - Or chronic stress

All about feeling anxious

Helping someone with stress

How to support a friend with anxiety

Managing stress

Feeling overwhelmed


2. Communication skills

Being able to communicate effectively can improve student’s confidence, boost their self-esteem and improve their wellbeing. Having good communication skills allows students to get their point across clearly and learn from others. It is important that teachers and parents encourage students communicate what is important to them and to actively listen to others. Being able to use language with confidence allows young people to feel as though their thoughts and belief are important. Teachers and parents can help students practice their communication skills by asking questions and also putting time aside to listen and talk with students. High school can be a difficult time for shy or quiet students as they may feel their voice gets lost in the crowd. Make sure that all students are given the chance to have their voices heard.

ReachOut.com fact sheets

Listening- Skills work having

The benefits of talking

Overcoming shyness

Tips for communicating

Making conversations with strangers


3. Friendships

Having good friendships improves young people’s self-esteem and wellbeing. Throughout High School is it not uncommon for students to move in and out of friendships and friendship groups. A great friend will support you through good times and bad, however it is important that students know not every friend is right for them. It is important that students learn how to work through ending a friendship, maintain good friendships and deal with tough times. Parents and teachers can support students in their friendships by offering to listen and making sure that no one is being left out or bullied in friendship groups.

ReachOut.com fact sheets

What makes a good friend?

Conflict with friends

What is a bad friendship?

How to make friends


4. Helping out a friend

It is not uncommon for High School students to feel some pressure to look after their friends. By the end of the school year many students have settled into close friendships and friendship groups. When one student is struggling with tough times it is normal for their friends to want to help. It is important that teachers and parents encourage students to be supportive of their friends, but also remember to take care of themselves as well. If looking out for a friend is causing a student to become anxious and taking up large amounts of their time it may be a good idea to remind them that you can’t help a friend if you aren’t looking out for yourself at well.

ReachOut.com fact sheets

How to help a stressed out friend

What to do when someone doesn’t want help

Helping a friend with bipolar disorder

Helping a friend with depression

Caring for yourself while caring for others


5. Self-talk and self-awareness

Having positive self-talk and self-awareness (the way you talk to yourself and your awareness of what you’re thinking, doing and why) can greatly improve one's wellbeing and mental health. The trouble is, positive thinking doesn't come naturally to everyone. Developing positive self-talk and minimising negative thought patterns is possible for everyone, it just might take a bit of practice. It is important that teachers and parents encourage students to engage in positive self-talk and self-awareness. This can be done by having conversations about self-talk. One tip you could share with students is to analyse their self talk. Get students to ask themselves the question "is my self-talk positive?" and "how could I make my self-talk more positive?". Through encouraging positive self-talk and self-awareness teachers and parents can help boost student's self-esteem and wellbeing.

ReachOut.com fact sheets

What is self-talk

What is self-awareness

Challenging negative thinking

Steps to improve self-esteem

 

6. Sleep

Consistent good sleeping patterns can improve one's quality of life through boosting wellbeing, concentration, energy levels, memory and positive thinking. Everyone knows what it feels like to be tired and it's much harder to be happy and get things done when you have been up all night. It is important that we encourage students to paractise good sleeping habits. There are many techniques that can be used to improve sleep including relaxation, aromatherapy, mediation, exercise and avoiding stimulus like TV and video games before bed. Talk about the importance of sleep with students and encourage them to look at ways they can improve their sleep habits. It is also important that teachers and parents keep an eye out for students who appear tired of a regular basis. Falling asleep in class, being unenthusiastic or moving slowly could be a sign a student is not getting enough sleep.

Reachout.com fact sheets

What's a normal amount of sleep

How to get a good nights sleep

Treatments for sleeping issues

All about sleep problems

Getting into a sleeping routine

Insomnia



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