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Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.


Mental health is not something that is generally talked about, which often results in a lack of understanding. Good mental health is much more than the absence of mental illness, it is about being self-aware and having self-respect. It is also about having the capacity to have some power, control and choice in your life.

The NHS Health Advisory Service defined mental health as:

  • the ability to develop psychologically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually
  • the ability to initiate, develop and sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships
  • the ability to become aware of others and empathise with them
  • the ability to use psychological distress as a developmental process, so that it does not hinder or impair further development.

The charity Young Minds states:

… Mental health … refers to the ...

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