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.
Activity One: What is Mental Health?
To explore young people's knowledge of mental health and discuss the myths and misconceptions young people might have about mental health. The session will focus on the term ‘mental health’ and compare it to the young people's views and attitudes to physical health.
- Flip chart with ‘mental health’ written on a page
- Flip chart pen.
The group should come up with as many words as possible that they associate with the term ‘Mental Health’ and a scribe in the group should write them on the flipchart paper provided.
The groups should then feed back to the whole group the words they came up with. The facilitator then pulls out common themes from the group and presents statistics about young ...