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Youth mental health: What is an ACE?

Following the return of young people to school from COVID-19 lockdown, many professionals reported a stark increase in safeguarding and child protection concerns and disclosures. Behind each of these is …

What’s happening next week?

In the first week of the course, we covered physical health, emotional wellbeing and peer relationships. Next week we will be covering the second portion of the programme, ‘TALK’. We’ll …

Grief and Bereavement

The young people we serve, like many of us, may have experienced a death in the family during the pandemic, or they may be grieving the loss of close familial …

How to help young people with anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety is a natural bodily reaction to stressful situations that the individual perceives as challenging or threatening. Anxiety can be described as a feeling of unease, fear …

Managing isolation for young people

For many young people, feelings of isolation may have increased and this may impact on their behaviour once they return to school. Feelings of isolation This may result in: Increased …

Youth mental health and physical activity

A big part of an individual’s wellbeing is their physical state, as it has a two-way relationship with mental wellbeing. Therefore, changes in the individual’s physical state and level of …

Eating habits in young people

Our physical state is tied to the food we consume, as with the statement “you are what you eat”. Research consistently suggests that a balanced diet is essential to maintaining …

What next?

Well done on completing the final week of this course. Before we finish, let’s take a look back over our learning journey. In Week 1, we started by learning about …

What is PEP TALK?

What is PEP TALK? PEP TALK is a conversation guide for teachers to use when interacting with young people regarding wellbeing and the impact of COVID-19. Through an open and …

Developing a positive mindset

In this step, we provide a few suggestions to help you support the young people you work with. PEP POINTS TASK suggestions Practice self-compassionCompassionate self-statements such as, “I am not …

How to help young people in going back to school

Dealing with transitions The transition from lockdown back to in-person contact; educational transitions from one school year to the next; and physical transitions from one environment to another, can be …

What is Black Lives Matter?

In the summer of 2020, societal issues of inequality and oppression, which have long simmered just beneath the surface, exploded onto our screens and our streets with the separate murders …

The climate crisis

Young people are becoming increasingly politicised, willing to voice their discontents with the political system and advocate for future generations. This has led to participation in demonstrations such as the …