Ready for a rest? Happy Holidays!

Children’s Mental Health Week is coming to a close, and as the school holiday approaches, today in school we have been focussing on the role of sleep in keeping ourselves Healthy: Inside and Out. New research from Place2Be shows that sleep is connected with worrying: of the 1,100 10-11 and 13-15 year-olds who were surveyed in this new research, those who slept fewer than 9 hours per night were more likely to say they often don’t know what to do when they are worried — and that once they start worrying, they cannot stop.

With that in mind, we wish you all a safe and restful holiday – with plenty of sleep, if that’s what you need. And don’t forget that, after the holiday,  Place2Be staff will still be on hand to support students, families and staff with everything to do with mental health and emotional wellbeing – including issues around sleep. Contact Sarah Haywood, our Place2Be School Project Manager, for more information. Happy holidays!

It’s Time to Talk!

A big shout out this Children’s Mental Health Week to our friends at Time To Change – a social movement that aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination, so that we can all feel comfortable to seek help with our mental health if and when we need it. Today they celebrate their annual Time To Talk Day, encouraging people around the country to get involved in conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing. This year, Time To Talk is all about getting together the right ingredients for a conversation about mental health – whether that’s tea and biscuits with a close friend, or a roomful of students colleagues having a chance to challenge mental health stigma together.

Here at Tynecastle High School, we believe that talking with people we trust is one of the key ingredients in keeping ourselves Healthy: Inside and Out, especially when life gets more challenging. All students at Tynecastle High School (from S1 through to S6) can access Place2Talk, our self-referral service where young people can come to speak with a trained Counsellor about whatever is on their mind.

Parents and carers too can find support in school from Place2Be, through Parent Partnership sessions and our Parent Counsellor. For more information, contact Place2Be’s School Project Manager, Sarah Haywood.

Taking steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out

Happy Half-Way Through Children’s Mental Health Week! As you know, this week the Tynecastle learning community is thinking about the simple steps we can take to keep ourselves Healthy: Inside and Out. If we are able to take part in them, exercise and physical activity can be an important part of supporting both our our physical and mental wellbeing.

According to a report from the Mental Health Foundation, “even small increases in levels of activity can make a real positive difference, bringing about a cycle of positive reinforcement and motivation to continue”. Our bodies are unique and each person will know best what they can manage when it comes to physical activity – but the evidence is good that every tiny bit helps!

What kinds of things do you like to do to keep your body and mind active and healthy? Whether it’s training for an event or just making sure you take a walk outside every day, there’s something to suit everyone. Tynecastle High School offers a range of opportunities at lunchtimes and after school — have a look at our Sports Clubs and Active Schools page for more information, or contact our Active Schools Coordinator, Ricky Karoyan.