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#MindYourSelfie Resources

Our #MindYourSelfie resources provide activities for young people to help them combat life’s stressors and promote positive mental health in their lives.

Preparing for a mentally healthy life

Preparing for a mentally healthy life

Childhood and adolescence is an exciting period in life as young people discover and learn new things about themselves and the world they live in every day. It can also be a stressful time with many changes and different life experiences. Often, young people can experience high levels of stress, which may lead to feelings of anger and anxiety, low self-esteem, and depression.

Fortunately, there are many ways in which children and adolescents - with the help of their teachers, parents and guardians - can tackle these feelings of stress, anger, and so on to ensure that they live as mentally healthy a life as possible. Our #MindYourSelfie resources can make a great difference in this.

Teachers play a key role in the promotion of positive mental health for young people, and, through these resources, have the power to brighten up the classroom and their student’s self-esteem through a range of different activities and exercises.

Offering diverse activities

Offering diverse activities

Our free suite of resources includes:

  • A series of guided relaxation audio exercises that introduces the practice of mindfulness to children
  • Free eBooks designed to give practical tips and advice on mental health
  • Printable mindfulness colouring sheets that can help students feel more relaxed 
  • Wellness Journals which provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts
  • A Wellness Activity Calendar which suggests daily, positive actions students can take
  • A Wellness Wall banner to create a space in classrooms or schools where everyone is welcome to read and contribute to a wellness wall
  • A Selfie ‘Steem activity that invites students to share positive messages about one another
  • The Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox game that encourages children to think positively about themselves
  • Our #MindYourSelfie video resource and Teacher’s Guide which explores different mental health themes. 

We regularly update our #MindYourSelfie resources, so watch out for new additions coming soon!

Mental health and wellbeing calendar

Mental health and wellbeing calendar

Our mental health and wellbeing calendar suggests daily actions that students can undertake to promote positive mental health and mindfulness. As it doesn't set dates or times, the calendar can be customised to give schools the flexibility to use this resource any month that they wish throughout the school year.

#MindYourSelfie Wellness Journals

Our Wellness Journals provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts as a once-off assignment or as a daily activity.

#MindYourSelfie Film Resource and Companion Guide

The Mind Your Selfie Film Resource features clips from some of the shortlisted films that entered our Frame of Mind Short Film Competition in 2018. These clips were especially selected because they explore some important mental health themes that are particularly relevant to young people. These clips along with the companion guide can be used as a classroom tool to start a discussion about these aspects of mental health and wellbeing. Your teacher’s companion guide has been developed to accompany the Frame of Mind Film Resource. The companion guide provides further information in relation to the topics explored in the film. It also provides questions and discussion points to help you get the conversation started. We recommend allocating up to one hour for viewing this film and completing the exercises contained within the companion guide. We recommend allocating up to one hour for viewing this film and completing the exercises contained within the companion guide.

Mindfulness Exercises

Our #MindYourSelfie series of guided relaxation audio exercises introduce mindfulness and meditation to young people. These exercises, which can be practiced in the classroom, engage students in body relaxation practices, which not only help to improve students' mindfulness, but also enhance their abilities to relieve tension built up in the body and mind

Mindfulness Exercises

Exercises

Exercise One: Mindfulness of the Brain

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Exercise Two: Body Scan.mp3

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Exercise Three: Leaves on a Stream

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Exercise Four: Dropping the Anchor.mp3

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Exercise Five: Notice Five Things

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Exercise Six: Being Mindful

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Mindful Colouring 

Mindfulness can improve our wellbeing. Our mindful colouring activities for the classroom help students to feel more relaxed by bringing their attention to the present moment as they focus on how to choose and apply colour in our specially-created designs. 

Primary Schools

Bookmarks         Colouring Sheets

Secondary Schools

Bookmarks         Colouring Sheets

Selfie ‘Steem

Our Selfie 'Steem activity encourages students to share positive messages about and with one another. Each student writes their name or places their photo in the centre of the Selfie 'Steem sheet, which is then passed around the class. Other students then write positive messages about their classmates - such as that they are kind, caring, or fun to be around - on the sheet.

Teachers can even take the exercise a step further by asking students to write five things they like about themselves on the sheet before passing it around. The exercise shows how, even though we can think of lots of compliments for other people, it can be very hard to compliment ourselves, thus teaching students the importance of learning to be kind to themselves.

Download Selfie ‘Steem

Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox

How can you teach children to think positively about themselves? One simple way is to start discussing the topic of positive thinking through a fun, simple game, like our Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox.

Start by inviting students to fold the Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox, following the instructions in the downloadable folding craft sheet. Once students they have done this, the game can begin. 

  • Step 1: Students play in teams of two. The first student asks the other to pick a number. They then work the Chatterbox back and forth as they count up to the number out loud. 
  • Step 2: The first student asks the second student to pick one of the numbers on view inside the Chatterbox. Then, the first student works the Chatterbox back and forth again, counting up to the number chosen by their friend. 
  • Step 3: The second student makes a final selection of one of the numbers on view inside the Chatterbox. The first student raises up the flap to reveal the positive message! 
  • Step 4: Start all over again - either with the same friend or another student!
Download Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox

Wellness Wall

Our Wellness Wall helps to promote positive, encouraging messages of wellness within the walls of your school. To get started, send us an email to register for your Wellness Wall banner, which we will send out to you. Then, simply use the banner to mark your chosen wall and create a space where everyone is welcome to read and contribute to it. Invite students and staff to write and share upbeat, helpful notes and messages of how they think wellness looks, sounds, and feels: the more creative, the better! 

Download Wellness Wall Primary Download Wellness Wall Secondary

#MindYourSelfie eBooks

Our #MindYourSelfie mental health eBooks are designed to share practical tips on mental health that teachers can use in the classroom. Every week, students spend more time in the classroom than anywhere else, meaning that their teachers are uniquely placed to promote positive mental health. These eBooks aim to provide useful advice on creating connections with students, raising awareness of mental health, and embedding positive attitudes towards it.