How can I help myself?
HOW I CAN HELP MYSELF FEEL GOOD & STAY HEALTHY
There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise. So if you are going through a stressful time or would like to lift your mood you are on the right page!
Check out the short films to help with your wellbeing made by the team at Centre 33 - there's a quite a few to choose from depending on how you are feeling:
Check out the NHS Better Health site that posts that it's fair to say 2020 was not exactly easy, and many of us are feeling uncertain or anxious about the future. But there's loads of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing, and taking any time you can for self-care is massively important, especially now. Click here for their suggestions for mental health and self-care for young people
We've added some posters from 'The Action for Happiness' that have ideas on taking time out, tips on being positive and happy, and ideas around mindfulness. Maybe give some a go and see how you feel.
If you are someone who likes reading, books can help you to cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence. In 2020 the Reading Agency launched the 'Reading Well for children booklist' to support children's mental health and wellbeing - the 33 books on the list, by authors including Michael Rosen, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho, have been selected to help Key Stage 2 children (aged 7-11) understand and talk about their mental health and wellbeing. Check out their suggestions here:
The Reading Agency have also endorsed books about mental health for 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. The books have all been recommended by young people and health professionals, and are available to borrow for free from public libraries - search for what's available to borrow from your local library here: Cambridge library and Peterborough Library.
Rise Above is about us all sharing our experiences, questions and challenges to get us ready for anything life throws at us. It is where you will find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice.
has lots of information for 11-19 year olds in Cambridgeshire, and the 'It's Your Choice' section presents you with stories that young people have faced and gives you the chance to decide what you would do, and advises on some good options. Different scenarios include coping with an eating disorder and dealing with depression.