Everyone needs to know how to look after their mental health. The 5 ways to wellbeing are a set of actions that can be used every day to help do this.

For ideas to put an extra spring in your step watch the Dudley Take 5 films. If you’ve just moved to secondary school have a look at the Steps up film to hear real life experiences of other Years 7 students.

The Next Steps films are great for those moving onto college, sixth form or apprenticeships.

 

If you are having difficulties or you are worried try talking to your parent/s, carer/s, a teacher, your GP or your School Nurse. They will be able to offer you support and advice. Your school receptionist will know what day your School Nurse is at your school.

Places to find support:

Kooth is an online counselling service where you can speak to a counsellor confidentially.

Young Minds has lots of useful information about mental health and there is a crisis support service too.

Childline 0800 11 11 is a free and confidential helpline for young people up to 18 years of age. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Parents and carers

If you feel that your child would benefit from extra support for their mental health you can speak to their teacher, School Nurse or GP.

Places to find support:

Young Minds has lots of useful information for parents about mental health and they have a parent helpline available if you want some advice.