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Mental Health & Wellbeing

Exam Support

Exams can be a challenging time for many young people.
It can be difficult to know what to do if your child is feeling worried or stressed about exams, but there are lots of ways you can help support them. The leaflet above offers some information about how to spot your child may be struggling, and some practical tips on how to support them during their exams.

Stay well online

Social media and mental health.
Lots of young people use social media and it’s likely that your child will use some form of online communication. The leaflet above aims to give parents information about social media, its potential effects on mental health, and what to do if you’re worried about your child’s use of social media.

Family wellbeing

Understanding Wellbeing
Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing is dynamic. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year. The leaflet above will give you some ideas around how to support wellbeing in your family in five easy steps, making it fun for everyone involved.

'This is Me'

THIS IS ME is a campaign that will challenge gender stereotypes in a positive way aiming to start conversations about gender and to encourage people to ‘live fear free’ from gender constraints and gender norms.

The THIS IS ME campaign has been developed in partnership with our expert stakeholders and survivors who are part of our Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Communications Group.
These include representatives from:

What is the issue?
Outdated notions still exist of how we should all act and what behaviours and achievements we should expect as a result, putting pressure on people to conform to society’s ‘norms’. Our gender can have an impact on how safe we feel, where we feel we can go, what job we feel we can apply for and other people’s expectations of us.

The THIS IS ME campaign recognises that we are all so much more than just our gender.

The campaign recognises that we must acknowledge the link between gender and violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. It acknowledges that the pressure to conform and gender inequality present in our society can be a cause and consequence of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Everyone in Wales deserves to live fear free of gender stereotypes –to be whoever they want to be and reach their full potential.

What can you do?
We are starting a conversation about gender inequality and how it affects people across Wales. From a man working as a midwife to a woman working as a mechanic, or a young boy wearing makeup to a young girl playing in the mud with her truck – people across Wales are already challenging gender stereotypes and ‘norms’, but inequality still remains.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #thisisme to help us build a Wales that challenges gender stereotypes, a Wales free of pressure to conform, a Wales that celebrates #thisisme

Find out more using these links:
Why gender can’t be ignored when dealing with domestic violence.
Gender Stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence.
How can gender stereotypes affect children?
Rizzle Kicks' Jordan Stephens on the effects of toxic masculinity.


Wellbeing and Mental Health Summit 2017

It was with immense pride that St Joseph’s RC High School hosted its recent Wellbeing and Mental Health Conference in partnership with our friends from The Dementia and Alzheimer’s Societies. 

Those involved felt very privileged, honoured and humbled to work with our fantastic group of young ambassadors and the feedback the school has subsequently received from professional bodies has been staggering.

The event was a huge success due largely to the outstanding skills and qualities our young people displayed on the day and it was such a privilege to witness these individuals maturing into a kind, confident, considerate and socially minded young adults.  As a Catholic community, the serving and thinking of others are at the heart of what we do and by echoing the Head teacher’s comments from our Insight magazine (Summer 2017) we look to the future and the part our young people can play in society.

‘…..they will continue to grow in faith and use their talents to enrich the lives of others’.

The conference was aimed at breaking any stigma and shame with regards to mental health and coordinating our work with supporting professional organisations and charities in the wider community. Understanding, appreciating and responding to the needs of our pupils and families was a key driver, St Joseph’s has a professional and moral duty to provide well qualified, skilled, ambitious and healthy young people for the local and wider community, therefore our focus on mental health needs to be about improving life chances and wellbeing.


Further information for parents

When more spaghetti hoops end up on the floor than in their tummy...
Pan mae mwy o sbageti ar lawr nag yn eu boliau...

Being a parent can be wonderful and rewarding but also exhausting and challenging. Whether it's screaming in the supermarket or a meltdown at mealtime, children's behaviour can be unpredictable and difficult to manage. And this can sometimes leave you frustrated or angry. If you are sometimes feeling at the end of your tether click on the link below for more information on Take 5.

 

 

 

 


No Harm Done!
Information about self-harming for young people and parents/carers.

So why are you here? You might be self-harming, maybe you’ve thought about it, maybe you have a friend who is self-harming or perhaps you just want to know more. Things can change.

 

 

 

 


Wellbeing for Future Generations

Click above for the information film

Click above for the infomation PDF

In 2014 a young people’s needs survey was undertaken in partnership with schools which received nearly 1,000 responses from young people aged from four to over 20. The results were very informative and contributed to the development of school policies, council and partnership services. This autumn, a similar young people’s survey is planned alongside other public engagement relating to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. This new Act places duties on the Council and our partners to work together to improve the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of our communities now and in the future and puts sustainable development at the heart of public services; a world first for Wales.