Self care kit ideas for mental health

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The image up above is some ideas you can put in your box.

We put this self care kit for people who might need to de- stress from a hard day.

Make your own self care kit and put your favourite things in the box like your favourite smell of candles or a few pictures of your family and friends.

I would put my favourite Candle in the box because it smells like the seaside and ever time I light it, it reminds me when all the family is on the beach having a picnic. Brings back memories.

We would like to know what things you might put in the self care box. Share your ideas for a self care kit  by commenting, message us or tagging us on facebook and instagram.

 

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J.K Rowling

Some interesting facts about J.K Rowling:

  • The books have won multiple awards, and sold more than 500 million copies. Becoming the best selling book series in history. They have also been the basis for a film series.
  • Harry potter and the philosopher stone was published in 1997.  There were six sequels, of which the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007.
  • J.K Rowling and Harry potter share the same birthday: July 31st
  • The original harry potter manuscript was rejected by 12 publishing houses before Bloomsbury picked it up
  • She wrote her initial Harry potter ideas on a napkin while on the train to London.

I got some information off Wikipedia

 

J.K Rowling Mental illness story.

Harry potter author J.K Rowling used her experience with depression and thoughts of suicide as inspiration for her fantasy series. When she was speaking with Oprah Winfrey, she confirmed that the dementors in the books were a metaphor for depression and said “sadness is not a bad thing, to cry and to feel. And it was because of my daughter that I got help with the mental health illness.

 

Self-harm

Self-harm is not easy topic to talk about. If you or a friend is self-harming. This information would help to get help.

What is Self-harm?

Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. More than half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm. But the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress, or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes it’s a mixture of all three.

The different types of self-harm:

  • excessively exercising
  • cutting or burning their skin
  • punching or hitting themselves
  • deliberately starving themselves
  • misusing alcohol or drugs
  • poisoning themselves with tablets or toxic chemicals

There are loads of different types of self harm out there. I only picked out a few of them.

Getting help with self-harm:

  • You should go to your GP for help if you are self-harming. The assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you to help with your distress.
  • People who usually  self-harm involves in seeing a therapist to discuss your thoughts and feelings. They can also teach you coping strategies to help prevent further episodes of self-harm.

 

Some useful organisations for self-harm

There are organisations that offer support and advice for people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families.

These include:

  • Samaritans – call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit your local Samaritans branch
  • Mind – call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am to 6pm on weekdays)
  • Harmless – email info@harmless.org.uk
  • National Self Harm Network forums
  • Young Minds Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544 (9.30am to 4pm on weekdays)

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Back

Today I am going to share a story about a youtuber, Who you might know its  Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh has over 12 million subscribers on youtube and she is the most popular youtuber in Canada.

Lilly talked about her battle with severe depression in more detail on her youtube video (Draw my life) in 2013. I eventually learned to talk about my feelings, create healthy relationships and most importantly to love myself. It became my goal to take all the pain of depression away and transform those pains into lesson tools I could use to make my life better. She said, Remember it’s ok to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re feeling upset all the time, it’s important to get help.

Hope this video helps you with your depression

 

 

 

 

Hints and Tips for maintaining positive Mental Health

10 top tips for a good mental health

  • Get plenty of sleep

Sleep is really important for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain that’s transmit information. These chemicals are important in managing our moods and emotions. If we don’t get enough sleep, we can start to feel depressed or anxious.

  • Eat well

eating well isn’t just important for our body’s but it also important for our minds. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies can give us a low mood. Try and eat a healthy diet. If you find you’re a particularly stressed or anxious person, you should try limiting or cutting out caffeine as this can make you feel jittery and anxious.

  • Avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs

Drinking and smoking aren’t things which we always associate with withdrawal symptoms, but they can cause some which impact on your mental health. When you have a few drinks you can feel more depressed and anxious the next day, and it can be harder to concentrate. If you smoke, between cigarettes your body and brain go into withdrawal which makes you irritable and anxious.

  • Get plenty sunlight

Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a really important vitamin for our bodies and our brains. It helps our brains to release chemicals which improve our mood. Try to go out in the sun when you can, but make sure you keep your skin and eyes safe. 30 minutes to two hours a day of sunlight is ideal. During the winter people become depressed because they are not getting enough sunlight. Some people find using a special light-therapy  lamp helps to alleviate the symptoms.

  • Manage stress

Stress is often unavoidable, but knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is key in maintaining good mental health. Try to manage your responsibilities and worries by making a list or a schedule of when you can resolve each issue. If you find you are having trouble sleeping, or are waking up thinking about all of the things that are stressing you out, write them down and reassure yourself that you can deal with them in the morning. If you break down your worries and stresses, write them down and realise that they are manageable.

  • Activity and exercise

Activity and exercise are essential in maintaining a good mental health. being active not only gives you a sense of achievement but it also boost the chemicals in the brain that puts you in a good mood. exercising can help eliminate  low mood swings, anxiety, stress and feeling tired and lazy. You don’t need to run a marathon or play 90 minutes  of football. A short walk or some another gentle activity might do the trick.

  •  Do something you enjoy

Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy. If you like going for a walk, painting or a specific TV shows, try to set aside time to enjoy yourself. If we don’t spend any time doing things we enjoy. We can become irritable and unhappy.

  • Connect  with others and be social

Make an effort to maintain good relationships and talk to people whenever you get a chance. Having friends is important not just for your self-esteem, but also for providing support when you’re not feeling too great.

  • Do things for others

Helping others isn’t just good for the people. Its good for you too. Helping someone can help with your self- esteem and make you feel good about yourself. Feeling as though you’re part of a community is a really important part of your mental health. You could try volunteering for a local charity or just being neighbourly.

 

 

 

Welcome to unfold

Hi Guys

#I Will Unfold is a Mental Health Campaign encouraging people to speak out about their Mental Health. We will be leaving our lovely origami models all over North Tyneside with our messages, find one, smile and snap for our social media on how you unfold, sharing positive messages and tips for good mental health. Please get involved using the hashtags and social media handles; share how you ‘unfold’ your mental health.

#iwillunfold and @iwillunfold

 

We also be sharing peoples stories on mental health, some youtubers and some celebrities you might know. We are interested in peoples mental health stories. If you want to share your story email unfold at iwillunfold@gmail.com. You can have your name on or anonymous.

Friday 12th October its world mental health day. We will be handing some of our origami models to people on the day and telling people all about the mental health campaign.

Look out for our blog post after the day.

Hannah

#iwillunfold

# iwill Unfold is a Digital Campaign designed and created by a team of young people in North Tyneside.
Young people from #iwill unfold are wanting to improve the mental health of local residents through their campaign.
This opportunity to get young people involved in Digital Social Action has been made possible by Virgin Money Foundation’s #iwill fund.
#iwill is a UK Wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people in Social Action by 2020.
VODA’s #Iwill project will be working with young people across North Tyneside over the next two years to create digital led social action projects.

# Iwillunfold is a campaign about mental health which aims to help and improve peoples mental health.
We’ll be leaving Origami models all over North Tyneside with our messages, find one, smile, and snap a photo for social media on how you ‘unfold’ , share positive messages and tips for good mental health.
Please get involved using the hashtags and social media handles; share how you ‘unfold’ your mental health.
#iwillunfold and @iwillunfold

If you know of any young people who might be interested in creating a campaign like this to make a difference to the voluntary and community sector, then please do get in touch with us at North Tyneside VODA
josie.robinson@voda.org.uk
amy.millar@voda.org.uk
You can read more on our website here
http://voda.org.uk/iwill/
And you can read more about the #iwill campaign here
https://www.iwill.org.uk/