Well Being Trust Mental Health School Toolkits Resources for Teens
Your teenage years can be exciting, but we know they can be just as stressful. In the same way we think about our physical health, we need to think about our mental health too. Included in this mental wellness toolkit is a wide range of resources to help you #BeWell.
To us, being well means putting our mental and physical health first. It means asking for help when we need it. It means saying something when we don’t feel ok. And it means learning how to cope so that we can all realize our own potential. Come tell us on social media what being well means to you by using the hashtag #BeWell.
We know life is busy, but we must make time to care for ourselves too, especially when feeling overwhelmed. Click here for some strategies to keep good care of your physically, mentally, and socially.
Coping with stress and anxiety
Some stress and anxiety is to be expected, but if it’s all starting to feel like just too much, take a look at these resources on managing stress and coping with anxiety.
A healthy social life
We all feel good when we’re around other people. Even though relationships are an important part of our mental wellness, that doesn’t mean they can’t be stressful and frustrating themselves. Browse through these resources to find out how to deal with everything from arguments with friends and parents, to breakups and bullying.
We all have the right to decide if, when, and how anyone else gets to touch us. Read this for some important thoughts about consent.
We all need to be true to ourselves! And sometimes trying to figure out our own identity can be pretty hard. Follow this link to find a basic mental health guide for LGBTQ+ youth.
Make your own mental health crisis kit
When things get tough, sometimes having a collection of comfy and encouraging items on hand can help us cope. Read this guide on making a crisis kit of your own.
Teen Line knows teens, and here you will find a number of great Teen Line resources on a range of topics, including eating disorders, dating violence, substance abuse, self-injury, and suicide prevention.
Myths versus facts
There are a lot of myths out there about mental illnesses, but the reality is mental health struggles are far more common, and treatable than stigma makes them out to be, and people who struggle with mental health are just as productive as anyone else. Learn the real facts here.
Take a few minutes and watch one or both of these powerful videos. First is Alone, from Mid-Valley’s Suicide Coalition. Next is Logic’s music video for 1-800-273-8255 .
There are so many great podcasts all about mental health and wellness. Check out these podcasts if you want to learn more about mental health, if you’re looking for inspiration, or even if you just want to be entertained (there’s some pretty funny stuff on this list).
If you need to talk to someone, there are people who want to listen. Reach out to one of the organizations below:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
And if you are in need of social resources, please look here.
Join the conversation about mental health online by using the hashtags #BeWell and #BeHeard. Whatever you’re feeling, you’re not alone.
Well Being Trust Mental Health School Toolkit Resources for Parents
Teenagers are subject to all sorts of pressures, and it can be difficult to know how to best support them through it all. Included in this mental health toolkit is a wide range of resources to help you encourage your children’s mental and social well-being.
If you think your teenager may be struggling with depression, here are resources on seeing the signs, and how you can help.
The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety, but to learn how to manage it. If your teenager is chronically anxious, look here for strategies to help them cope.
Communicating with your teenagers
If you feel like you are having trouble reaching your teenager are resources to help you understand them better and communicate more easily.
Some of the most important conversations are difficult ones to have. Here are some helpful thoughts on talking to your children about sex, consent, substance abuse, and dealing with tragedy.
If you think your teenager might have an easier time talking to other teens about his or her mental health issues, encourage them to reach out to Oregon Youthline or Teenline, where trained people their own age are ready to listen and help.
If you are worried your teenager may harm him or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
For more social resources, look here.
To join the conversation about mental health online, share your own experiences using the hashtags #BeWell and #BeHeard.