The Wellbeing Toolkit for Teens

A timely and ‘must have’ resource for mental health leads, education and social care professionals, parents and carers who are supporting the mental health of our children and young people.

The mental health of young people is becoming a very real issue for those supporting them in both the learning and social contexts. We are all aware of the range of issues affecting them in various and complex ways:

  • Family breakdown is widespread.
  • There is so much pressure to have access to money, the perfect body and lifestyle.
  • Materialist culture heavily influences young people
  • 24-hour social networking and what young people can access from a young age can have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Body image is a source of much distress for many young people.
  • Bullying on and offline is rife.
  • Increasing sexual pressures and early sexualisation throw young people into an adult world they don’t understand
  • Violence is rife in many communities and fear of crime a constant source of distress for thousands of young people.
  • Schools are getting more and more like exam factories; university entry has become more competitive and expensive.
  • 13% of 16-24-year olds are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

We also know that rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years. The number of children and young people turning up in A&E with a psychiatric condition has more than doubled since 2009 and in the past three years hospital admissions for teenagers with eating disorders and self-harm behaviours have also almost doubled. In a 2016 survey for Parent Zone, 93 per cent of teachers reported seeing increased rates of mental illness among children and teenagers and 90 per cent thought the issues were getting more severe, with 62 per cent dealing with a pupil's mental health problem at least once a month and an additional 20 per cent doing so on a weekly or even daily basis.

This is the key driver in developing this comprehensive programme for young people. The need for prevention is paramount as is the need for such practical evidence- based interventions rooted in Positive Psychology.

This resource is presented as 20 sessions with the following:

  • Teacher/facilitator’s detailed notes on delivery and activity sheets/information/skills sheets for students.
  • Each session has a 20-slide PowerPoint for the teacher to use.
  • The activity sheets/student handouts are photocopiable and presented on a CD-ROM alongside the supporting teacher notes.
  • The accompanying text presents a session plan for a 60-minute lesson on each topic.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1 - Think, feel & be well 
  • Session 2 - Developing a growth mindset for wellbeing and success
  • Session 3 - Emotional literacy skills
  • Session 4 - Managing your stress and anxiety: building your tool box
  • Session 5 - Healthy relationships? 
  • Session 6 - Sexual awareness 
  • Session 7 - Managing your image 
  • Session 8 - Drugs and health 
  • Session 9 - Understanding and managing exam stresses and building study skills
  • Session 10 - Developing assertiveness and confidence
  • Session 11 - Coping with sexual behaviours and difference 
  • Session 12 - Sexual health 
  • Session 13  - Your resilience snake: building resilience using key tools of positive psychology
  • Session 14 - Using strategies from cognitive behaviour therapy to build resilience
  • Session 15 - Using mindfulness approaches to reduce stress
  • Session 16 - Developing wellbeing through creative activities: creating your ‘flow’ plan
  • Session 17 - Understanding and preventing self-harm
  • Session 18 - Attitudes in the community 
  • Session 19 - Teens in the media 
  • Session 20 - Future aspirations 

You can download FREE worksheets from three sessions from the Wellbeing Toolkit for Teens:

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