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   Newsletter 26 March 2018  

Carlisle Eden Mind delivers With You in Mind in your school


We are delighted to have been asked to attend your school along with ATiC (Applied Theatre in Cumbria) to deliver With You In Mind. With You in Mind will follow a performance of a play called Ruby, which has been produced by The Brewery Arts Centre and written by award winning writer Kevin Dyer as part of the ATiC Project.

The play addresses issues around anxiety and personal resilience for young people, following a day in Ruby's life. Our supporting session of With You In Mind focuses on helping young people to be aware of general everyday mental health. Looking at how young people can look after their mental health and wellbeing.

With You in Mind was co-produced and designed by young people across Cumbria. 

We would like to thank ATiC for inviting us to be involved in this delivery. ATiC is a partnership investment initiative between the South Cumbria Community Safety Partnership, South Lakeland District Council and cultural education charity, Curious Minds, Arts Council England’s Bridge Organisation for the North West.

We would also like to thank South Lakes Mind and SAFA Cumbria who helped support the delivery of With You in Mind.

We hope that With You In Mind will also reduce the stigma surrounding mental health amongst young people and within your school community as a whole, encouraging young people to speak up when they need help and to look out for their friends.

We have put together this newsletter so that as a teacher you can have a brief overview of what will be covered in the session.

This may help support you to support pupils who may come to you with queries around mental health and wellbeing, or answer any questions that may arise after the session.

​During the teenage years your student's mental health is developing. This is why at Carlisle Eden Mind we are passionate about ensuring all young people understand their mental health and how they can take care of it.

With You In Mind covers the following key areas

• What is mental health and mental illness?

• What can affect our mental health negatively and positively?

• What can we do to have positive mental health?

• Who can we talk to if we are worried or need more information?

By the time pupils leave primary school 20% of children will have experienced mental health problems at least once in their lives. It is essential we start conversations around mental health & well-being early, especially in the early days of secondary school and teenage years.


What is Mental Health?


During With You in Mind we will discuss that if you’re in good mental health, you can get on with the ups and downs of life and overall enjoy things around you.

It is important to reassure puplis that as part of everyday life we will also have some days were we may feel sad, anxious, low or upset, and that's ok.

• We have a body, and that’s our physical health.

• We have a brain, thoughts and feelings and together they make up our mental health.

• We all have emotions such as happiness, nervousness, being excited, or feeling sadness.

• Emotions are an everday part of our mental health.

Our daily experiences and emotions effect our feelings, thinking and behaviour in both positive and negative ways, this is our mental health.

It’s important for your students to understand that their feelings change at different times, and it’s something that happens to us all; but it can make us feel very unsettled or worried. Having ups and downs is part of everyday life, young people need reassurance that this is part of life and does not always mean something is wrong.

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What is Mental Health illness?


We will also look at how mental health illness is different from everday mental health, and how we may all all have times when we feel like things are not going well for us, or we are stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass as we deal with them or time passes.

All children and young people experience anger, anxiety and other difficult feelings as a part of growing up. But sometimes if those negative feelings are ongoing that might stop puplis getting on with life, and they can develop into a more serious problem like a mental health illness.

1 in 10 young people may have a mental illness.

We are all different, and different things affect our emotions and mental health. Some pupils may bounce back from a setback, or they may feel weighed down by it for a long time.

Many people recover from a mental illness – especially if they speak out and ask for help early.

There are different types of mental illnesses and there are different treatments to help people recover from them. It can be worrying to talk about mental health, but it is part of us.

It is important to offer students reassurance that talking can help them to get support from others and find ways to look after their mental health.

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Common Mental Health illnesses

Anxiety - Feeling anxious, on edge, or worried most of the time.

Because anxiety is a normal human experience, it's sometimes hard to know when it's becoming a problem. But if  feelings of anxiety are very strong, or last for a long time, it can be overwhelming.

Stress – Your brain may feel overwhelmed and unable to cope. Some stress can be positive.

Research shows that a moderate level of stress on occasions makes us perform better, maybe for a test/exam or a sports match. It also makes us more alert and can help us perform better in situations. But if a we feel stressed all the time, we need to find ways to manage our stress.

Depression – Long lasting negative feelings of sadness or unhappiness. We all have times when our mood is low, and we’re feeling sad or miserable about life. Usually these feelings pass in due course.

But if the feelings are interfering with your life and don't go away after a couple of weeks, or if they come back over and over again for a few days at a time, it could be a sign that you're experiencing depression.

Eating disorders-  is any relationship with food that you find difficult.

Food plays an important part in our lives and most of us will spend time thinking about what we eat. Sometimes we may try to eat more healthily, have cravings, eat more than usual or lose our appetite. Changing your eating habits every now and again is normal.

But if food and eating feels like it's taking over your life then it may become a problem.

Panic attacks – are an exaggeration of your body’s normal response to fear, stress, or excitement.

They may feel a pounding heartbeat, feeling faint, sweating, nausea (feeling sick), chest pains, shaky.

If you would like to know more about different mental health problems please click the image or text for information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and where to go for support.

Our information pages will help you learn more.


Worried about Self-Harm?


What is Self-Harm?

Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind.

Some of the things people do to themselves are 

  • Cutting
  • Burning
  • Pinching/scratching
  • hair pulling

But there are many ways to hurt yourself, including abusing drugs and alcohol or having an eating disorder.

What can I do if one of my pupils is self-harming?

As a teacher and trusted adult your initial reaction is important, and will have a great impact on your pupil. It is important that you don’t react negatively.Teachers can play an important role in helping someone to problem solve, which ultimately will steer them towards recovery.

While Self-Harm in some pupils may appear to be attention-seeking, remember it is attention-needing and the pupil may just need to be heard.

If a pupil has chosen you to be the one they feel comfortable telling, they have probably come to you because they think you can help. Stay calm and listen.

If you would like more information and guidance on working with young people who self -harm - click the image and follow the link to Cumbria guidance.


Please put your life jacket on first


It is essential that we look after pupils mental health, but the same is true for staff in schools.

Schools often share with us that they are taking on more and more responsibility for identifying mental health needs and offering support. It is important that school staff are in a positive place to do this, which needs awareness of both in-school and out-of-school factors.

Click the image for ideas on how stay well at work.


Support for me - Free Counselling at Qwell


Qwell offers a on-line counselling service for adults across Cumbria.

It involves talking to a trained counsellor who will listen to what you are saying, try to understand what things are like for you, and help you find ways to deal with your situation.

Qwell is free, private and confidential.

Click the image to go to the Qwell site for more information


What can school staff do to support a pupil who is experiencing difficult emotions?


Ask - ask the child or young person how they are, and let them know that how they feel matters to you. How long have they felt this way, is there anything that may help, who knows how they have been feeling?

Listen - take there feelings and worries seriously. Express concern but ensure they don’t feel as though they are being judged for feeling this way. Give them time to explain how they feel.

Reassure - let them know it's ok not to be ok (sometimes). Helping a young person to understand that sometimes we all experience ups and down in our emotions and it is a normal part of life. But that if is is becoming to upsetting we can get help.

Support -  arrange to ‘check in’ with the child or young person about how they are feeling in a few days’ time. As well as helping to monitor the way the child or young person is feeling, this will show that you take how they feel seriously.

Get Help-  Share your concerns with the pastoral care team or colleague's. It may be appropriate to consider referring the child or young person for counselling. However, it is important not to assume that they want or need counselling. Take a lead from the child or young person as to what would be helpful for them – this may involve discussing with them the types of support that are available.


What if a pupil is struggling how can their mate's help?


It is important to also consider those pupils that maybe supporting a friend who is experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

Having support from your mates if you are having a tough time can really help. It's important to encourage pupils to find ways to support their mates, whilst also looking after themselves.

 Here are some tips on how they can help:

  • Listen - remind them to just listen, they don't have to know the answers but they can probably try to understand their mates worries.
  • Talk - keep them talking to them, even if it's not about what's going on for them. Young people find it hard when their mates avoid them because they don't know what to say.
  • Do stuff - help them to encourage their mate to do stuff they used to enjoy e.g. lunch club, cinema, sleep over, sports, gaming, shopping. Even if they say no keep encouraging them to keep inviting them.
  • Get help - remind them to remind their friend there is help out there e.g. from their parents, from yourself at school or GP. They can encourage their mate to speak up and talk to someone to get help.

Important - remind the pupils to look after themselves, it can be hard looking out for a mate who is emotionally struggling.


MindLine Cumbria - Need information?


We provide practical information about mental health, services and support.

Whether its help or information for yourself, a pupil or a parent we can help you understand the situation better and explore your options or just be there to listen. 

Call us today - we're here to help Call: 0300 561 0000

MindLine Cumbria is open 12pm - 11.30pm Mon - Fri and 5pm - 11.30pm Sat - Sun

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Need information, support or advice....


Young Minds offers a free confidential helpline for any adult, including teachers who would like information, support or advice about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a young person up to the age of 25.

  • Call 0808 802 5544 Mond-Fri 9am-4pm (free for mobiles & landlines)

Click on the Young Minds logo above and follow the link.


Heads Together


Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils. In is mainly for primary schools but has some excellent general information on there.

Click on the logo above and follow the link


MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults.


Mind Ed is free online learning if you volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. It is aimed at anyone from beginner through to specialist.

MindEd gives adults who care for, or work with, young people

  • The knowledge to support their wellbeing the understanding to identify a child at risk of a mental health condition
  • The confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help

Click on the logo above and follow the link


Free Children & Young People Self-Harm & Suicide Alertness Training for school staff.


Carlisle Eden Mind and SAFA deliver Free Children and Young People's Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Training

We can deliver an inhouse half day (three hour) session for staff; as mentioned this can be provided free of charge as we are currently funded by Public Health to deliver this. there are also open session available.

Please click the Mind logo or email us for more information at :


South Lakeland Mind


South Lakeland Mind is based in Kendal and provides a wide range of opportunities for you to improve your wellbeing and support others.

They run events and campaigns and deliver training to improve understanding of mental health and wellbeing. Additionally they provide counselling and one to one and group peer support.

Although they do not currently provide services for under 18s they can offer support to friends, family and professionals supporting children and young people.


Time to Change in Schools


The attitudes of others stop people with mental health problems getting the help and support they need.

Carlisle Eden Mind is part of the Time to Change Cumbria Hub and we are working hard to change things for the better.

We want young people who experience any mental health problems to receive support and understanding from those around them.

If you are interested in creating an open, supportive culture around mental health in your school, we have the resources to help you do it.

To find out more about the Time to Change Campaign in Cumbria get in touch with

Caroline Robinson: 01228 543354

Find us on Facebook @TimetoChangeCumbria  

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