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Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and even act. Our Mental Health is very important because it helps determine how we relate to others, handle stress and make choices in life.

This also works in reverse. The different aspects of ones life, such as interpersonal relationships and physical factors can all impact our mental health. Other conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression can also affect a persons mental health.

Good Mental health is a delicate balance of many factors and elements in ones life. Together, they help to either contribute to good mental health or potentially cause disruptions. In this portfolio, we explore important aspects of mental health that teenagers and adults should be aware of to ensure that we are giving them the best foundation to achieve ongoing wellness and happiness.

This portfolio is divided into six individual lessons. You can choose to use each lesson in isolation or scaffold through the lessons one by one. The six lessons include:

1.What is Mental Health?

– What is Mental Health?

– Risk Factors

– Mental Health Continuum

– Exploring your Mental Health States

2.Anxiety and Stress

– What is Anxiety?

– What is Stress?

– What’s the difference?

– How Anxiety & Stress Affects the Body

– My Anxiety Checklist Questionnaire

– Exploring your Anxiety & Stress Worksheet

3.Depression, Self-Harm and Suicide

– What is Depression, Symptoms & Causes

– Self-harm and why people do it

– Suicide and warning signs

– Helping someone at risk

– Let’s bust those myths!

– Negative Thoughts and tracking

4.Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health

– The impact of Drugs on Mental Health

– How Alcohol affects your Brain

– Looking at your Habits Questionnaire

5.Caring for Self

– The importance of Self-Care

– Seven pillars of Self-Care

– Limiting Social Media Use

– Exercise, Sleep Hygiene Practices

– Self-Care Check-in and Bingo

– Developing a Self-Care Plan

6.Reaching out

– Relationships & Depression

– Reaching Out – What to do and say

– Ask for a check-in

– Where to go for Support

– Raising the Alarm

– My Action Plan

DISCLAIMER: This resource is mainly for information purposes and are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment or therapy. Please never disregard professional psychological or medical advice nor delay in seeking professional advice or treatment because of something you have read in this resource.