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Posted By Careermap on 31/05/2019 in Other

Bringing Mental Health Awareness into the Classroom

Bringing Mental Health Awareness into the Classroom

GCSEs are rapidly approaching and with that brings added pressures for young people to succeed. Students can be feeling very stressed and overwhelmed. Making sure students in your class are looking after their mental health during this stressful period is so important!

Mental health awareness encourages people to understand their own thoughts and feelings. Everyone has mental health, but whether we feel negative or positive about ourselves determines whether we have a mental health illness. 

Students need to be aware of their own mental health. They need to find a balance between their social life and revision. Everyone feels stressed from time to time but young people can’t allow that to take over their lives. 

Here is a step by step guide that you can encourage students to take when dealing with revision and exam stress:

Stay in touch with friends

When revising it’s easy to lock the entire world out. Socialising is a vital aspect of a healthy mind. It’s important for students to spend time with their friends. The chances are their friends are in the same position and are probably just as stressed. Someone who understands what your students are going through can help them to break through the overwhelming feelings.

Get organised

Being organised is crucial to success. Help your students to make a timetable with what they are going to revise each day and for how long they plan on spending on each topic. By creating a timetable and getting organised students can reduce the chance of deviating and getting distracted. 

Make sure they recharge 

When a student exhausts themselves this can lead to failure. Encourage students to recognise when they need to take time out to recharge their batteries from time to time. If your students feel low, tired and stressed ensure they know ways to cope with this.

When your students take a time out they could be:

  1. Getting some fresh air

  2. Exercising

  3. Participating in hobbies

  4. Watching a film

  5. Seeing friends and family

  6. Reading a book

Don’t worry!

We get that this is easier said than done but encourage your students to try not to worry. Even though exams are important so is the young person's mental health. It may seem like exams aren’t the be all and end all. Use these quotes to welcome positivity into your student's lives. 

Mental health awareness 
is important! Make sure your students know they can talk to someone if they are struggling!

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