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Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘mental well-being’ and it is just as important as good physical health.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life. We all have times when we feel down, stressed or frightened, THAT’S NORMAL, and most of the time those feelings pass. However, sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any of us. If you’re having mental health problems, you’re not alone. One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives

There’s a stigma attached to many mental health problems.  This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t want to talk about them. Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings, but it’s healthy to know and talk about how you’re feeling.

If you have concerns about your mental health, or that of a close friend or relative, you should talk to a friend, family member, someone you trust or contact your doctor.

If you need someone to talk to in School then the following teachers are all Mental Health First Aiders and would be happy to talk to you about how you’re feeling and what can be done to help make you feel better. If you would find it easier to talk to someone outside of school that does not know you then there are a number of useful websites, people and groups listed below who are also there to help.

Miss Allen Ms McAlpine
Ms Cameron Ms Mcallum
Ms Devoy Ms Ramdhan
Ms Dunbar Miss Robb
Miss Edwards Ms Todd
Miss Lochhead Ms K Withey
Mr MacLeod Ms F Withey
Mr Macpherson

Many mental health problems are preventable, and almost all are treatable.  This meant that people can either fully recover or manage their conditions successfully, allowing them to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

By taking simple steps and introducing the some of the suggestions below into everyday life you can improve your mental health.

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, classmates and neighbors. Spend time developing these relationships.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or join one of the many extra-curricular clubs. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
  • Keep learning learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for an extra-curricular club to learn a new skill e.g. learning to play a musical instrument, learn coding, learn how to play chess or play a new sport. It can be anything you enjoy ……
  • Give to others even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community center or clubs, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new friendships.
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings. Take time to stop and relax and look after yourself. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

For more information …….

Breathing Space   0800 83 85 87,  24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday – 6am Monday).

6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday – Thursday).   http://breathingspace.scot/how-we-can-help/need-to-talk/

Childline 0800 1111 (24 Hours a day)  https://www.childline.org.uk/

Beat Eating Disorders  0808 801 0711 (3pm – 10 pm daily) https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/types/do-i-have-an-eating-disorder

Child Bereavement UK – 0800 02 888 40 –  https://childbereavementuk.org/young-people/

LGBT Youth Scotland  07786 202 370, 0131 555 3940 (Monday – Friday)  https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

Substance misuse, TalktoFrank    0300 123 6600  http://www.talktofrank.com/