February Health & Wellbeing Update

This month’s Health & Wellbeing update aims to give you advice and guidance on all you need to know about staying healthy and looking after your general wellbeing.

We are looking at:

Are you a sensible and safe driver?

Keep you, your passengers and other road users safe – Make the correct choices!

The FATAL 4 are reoccurring factors behind the reasons why accidents happen. What are the FATAL 4?

  • Inappropriate speed
  • Drink/drug driving
  • Not using a seatbelt
  • Using a mobile phone

See the Hampshire County Council newsletter on the FATAL 4. This topic is really important for students to be aware of as most accidents on the road will be caused by one of these four.

Cost of Living Crisis

We’ve been living with the cost of living crisis for more than a year, and people continue to struggle with essential living costs and the mental health impact of money worries. This is particularly worrying as we know that if people feel anxious or stressed over a long period of time, it’s more likely they will develop more severe mental health problems.

Three ways to look after your mental health during the cost of living crisis:

  • Sleep – go to bed and get up at the same time each day, avoid afternoon naps as these can interfere with your sleep patterns and avoid using your phone after you get into bed.
  • Diet – it can seem too much effort to cook healthy meals when you’re stressed, but there’s a lot of advice available about cooking on a budget, and most supermarkets offer inspiration and recipe ideas. Junk food can often be expensive, it does not fill you up and can even leave you feeling physically worse than you felt before. 
  • Exercise – whether it’s going for a walk in the park, a bike ride, a run, or just some stretching at home, using your body every day is important for your well-being. 

Getting support during the cost of living crisis.

LGBT+ Mental Health

LGBT+ people are at greater risk of poor mental health and wellbeing. As a minority, you may have to deal with difficult experiences like discrimination because of your sexuality or gender identity. This can have an impact on your mental health. To read more information about issues that may affect LGBT+ people and how to get support, read this informative factsheet.

Support Guides for Students

Below are some support guides which offer helpful advice and information on social anxiety, eating difficulties, self-injury, suicidal thoughts, and safety plans.

Manage your emotions

Manage your emotions by creating a ‘good mood’ playlist! Try using music to boost your mood. Listening to music releases endorphins in the brain which can help put us in a positive mood.

Step 1 – Think about the songs that make you feel good, like ones that maybe take you back to a great memory, or that make you smile.

Step 2 – Create your ‘good mood’ playlist by picking between five and ten songs.

Step 3 – Listen to your ‘good mood’ playlist when you feel like it might help.

Step 4 – Notice how you feel when you listen to your playlist. Are there any changes to your thoughts, feelings or the way you feel in your body?

Awareness Days

LGBT+ History Month

LGBT+ History Month is for everyone, and is celebrated every February. This year the theme is Medicine – Under the Scope and will focus on the contribution that has been made to the world of medicine and healthcare, historically and today, by people who identify as LGBT+.

Overall, the event will continue to look back at the moments that shaped the community and see where much-needed improvements must still be made, as well as celebrating how far the community has come.

Click here to find out more about LGBT+ History Month

Children’s Mental Health Week – 5th – 11th February

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme this year is ‘My Voice Matters’. We have shown recognition for the week by inviting Rich in from Loud Speaker who came in to give two fantastic talks to our students on Wednesday 7th February called ‘The Big Debate’. We hope you all enjoyed listening to him and that you took something away from the talk. Here is the link to both the talks for you to watch in your own time.

10 ways to look after your mental health
Talking to your child about mental health

Safer Internet Day – Tuesday 6th February

Safer Internet Day takes place in February each year to raise awareness of a safer and better internet for all, especially for children and young people.

The following link provides guidance for young people on what online behaviours constitute sexual harassment, and what to do if you experience it…

Online Sexual Harassment Guide for Students

Here are the best practices for parents and carers, for other online issues including coerced online child sexual abuse, cyberflashing, gaming, misinformation, online bullying, online challenges, parental controls, pornography, reporting, sexting, and social media.

Random Acts of Kindness Day – Saturday 17th February

Random Acts of Kindness Day takes place each year in mid-February. It is a day dedicated to kindness and taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day.

A random act of kindness could be writing someone a kind note, sharing something of yours, giving someone a compliment, holding the door open for someone. There are so many ways that you can join in, spread some kindness and positivity, and possibly make someone’s day.

Make a kindness pledge at our pop-up stand between 10am – 12pm on Wednesday 21st February when you pass by Learner Services!

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