The term "mental health" is, more often than not, used within the context of discussing mental illness rather than mental
Thankfully for the rest of us (certainly for those that no longer want to be held back, or, as importantly, to hold back others), it's never too late to make some positive changes. So, in the spirit of Gandhi himself, here's a few ways in which we can all remake ourselves for the greater good. Here goes nothing...
The Department for Education's recent announcement that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be mandatory in schools, starting at age 4, is one that may scare some teachers. Sex is often seen as a taboo subject, even in general society, and for a teacher speaking to a classroom full of children delivering SRE could be an embarrassing prospect.
By supporting programmes to improve children's social and emotional health in parallel at school and in the home, the Government can help parents and educators to improve life outcomes for children, protect against mental health issues, raise academic attainment, and give children the skills to live emotionally healthy lives.
It is impossible to support the social and emotional health of young people, if we as teachers do not attend to our own emotional health.
I'm going to do my best to leave out as much of the science jargon as possible because having a degree, masters or doctorate should not be required when reading a blog post. Back in 2014, research reconfirmed just how damaging chronic stress is to the brain.
OK, so let's go right back to the beginning again because it seems despite all the hard work of many upstanding individuals the fact that stress is bad (and I mean really bad), is just not quite sinking in with many people.
What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...
'I wanted to help other children that were having problems and issues.'
A 12-year-old girl developed a workbook for children at her school to help pupils explore their feelings and be confident