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Co-produced digital mental health and wellbeing resources with and for young people from armed forces and veteran families.

Many children and young people told us being in an armed forces or veteran family can lead to unique challenges when it comes to mental health and wellbeing.

They also said civilian friends, teachers and decision-makers don’t understand how the lives they lead can impact how they can feel on a day-to-day basis.

We listened and secured funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund to work directly with children and young people to make our Your Mind Matters Hub happen.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things that we can do.

It keeps us healthy; helps us to grow, helps us feel happier, and provides energy to do the things we enjoy. But, If you are someone who finds it difficult to get to sleep, or to stay asleep during the night, then you might feel tired.

You might find it difficult to concentrate, and maybe even feel like you are in a bad mood a lot because of how tired you feel.

So how do we make sure we get a good sleep? Find out more!

Bubble Breathing Guide Sleep Routine Resource

Feeling angry is something that we have all experienced.

When we feel angry too often, it can begin to impact our friendships, and can cause us to get into trouble at school and at home. When we feel angry, sometimes it’s because our emotions become too big or difficult for us to deal with,.

We might show our anger by shouting or even hitting things or other people due to feeling unable to cope with these big emotions.

Knowing how to control anger is really important – Learn more.

Hand Breathing Guide

Worry is a feeling that most of us have experienced before.

It often starts with a quick thought popping into our minds. But when our worried thoughts won’t go away and they stay in our minds (or they keep popping up over time), it can start to have an  impact on how we feel.

Worried thoughts might make us feel scared, sad and much more.

Let’s look at what a worried thought might sound like so we know how to notice one.

Worry Box Resource

Sadness is an emotion we all experience from time to time.

But when we feel sad, it can affect us in different ways. Depending on what is making us feel sad, our feelings might cause us to cry, to struggle to sleep, and even lose interest in the things we normally enjoy.

There are lots of things that can make us feel sad, and this feeling can last for a little while sometimes, but it’s important to know that feeling sad doesn’t last forever.

What can we do when we feel sad – Find out more!

Imagery Resource

 

Uncertainty is something all of us experience, but what is it?

Uncertainty is the feeling of not knowing (or being unsure) what is going to happen in the future.

We might feel uncertain when we go to new places, try new things, or when we find ourselves in a new situation that we haven’t been in before.

Sometimes when we don’t know what to expect, or what is expected of us, this can cause us to feel worried and scared.

So what do we do when things feel uncertain? Find out more!

Managing Uncertainty

Complete our wellbeing Quiz!

We all need to practice self-care. Self-care is really important to make sure that we are looking after our physical and mental health, and is a fundamental building block for improving our wellbeing.

Self-care can range from making sure we are eating well and are staying hydrated to tidying our space or going for a run. There is no ‘one size fits all’ for self-care, and what works for one person won’t work for someone else.

So what type of self-care might work for you? Why not take our quiz and find out!

    1. When you come home from school, what do you prefer to do?
    2. What does an ideal weekend look like for you?
    3. When you’re feeling stressed, what helps you to manage it?
    4. What is your favourite season?
    5. You have a really busy week ahead, how do you prepare for it?
    6. When you have an event coming up, are you most likely to be:
    7. Your happy place is:

    Downloadable Resources

    We have lots of downloadable resources to work through at your own time. Please use the arrows to scroll below and check-in regularly for new resources.

    Learn more about the topic of Trauma

    Have you ever heard the word ‘trauma’ being used before in a conversation with friends, family or at school and would like to know more about it?

    Dr Karen Treisman MBE talks briefly about the theme of trauma and how this can fit in with the lives led by parents, children and young people from armed forces and veteran families.

    Click the button below to watch this short video

    Information, advice and useful tips

    Looking for more in-depth information about a mental health topic? Look no further! Please scroll through our options below.

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know!

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    We have created podcasts with young people from armed forces and veteran families.

    Listen to a series of short podcasts, co-created with young people like yourself and there’s more podcasts coming in early 2023!

    Got an idea for a podcast? Get in touch to let us know!

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