#MindYourSelfie - School Resources
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, but 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/guardians, can tackle these feelings of stress, anger, etc. to ensure that they live as mentally healthy a life as possible. The #MindYourSelfie School Resources have been developed by Walk in My Shoes, as a way to provide activities for young people to help them combat life’s stressors and to promote positive mental health in their lives.
Teachers play a key role in the promotion of positive mental health among young people and through the School Resources, have the power to brighten up the classroom and their student’s self-esteem with a range of activities and exercises to choose from.
Mind Your Selfie Frame of Mind Film Resource and Frame of Mind 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.
Download your teacher’s companion guide here
You can watch the films that are featured in this Mind Your Selfie Film Resource in full here.
- Masks – Adam Coleman (General Category)
- You Are Not Your Thoughts – Mountrath Community School, Co. Laois (Secondary School Category Runner Up)
- The Storm Before the Calm – Renata Cangan (General Category)
- Man-Up – Mikey Aldridge (General Category)
- Speaking Up Helps – St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath (Secondary School Category)
- Gimme a Shout – Sean T. O Meallaigh (General Category Winner)
- What I do When I Feel Blue – St. Patrick’s College, Gardiners Hill, Cork (Secondary School Category Winner)
Mental health and wellbeing calendar
Our new mental health and wellbeing calendar comprises daily actions that students can complete to promote positive mental health and mindfulness. The calendar does not have dates or month names, and as such, can be customised, giving schools the flexibility to use this resource any month that they wish throughout the academic year.
Wellness JournalOur Wellness Journals provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts as a once off assignment or as a daily activity
Mindfulness ColouringMindfulness can improve our wellbeing. Mindful colouring asks students to focus on how they choose and apply colour in a design to bring their awareness to the present moment. The classroom mindfulness colouring activity can help students feel more relaxed by paying attention to the present moment.
An effective method to introduce mindfulness and meditation into your classroom is to engage in a mindfulness of the body relaxation exercise. These exercises not only help to improve students’ mindfulness but also function to relax the tension and tightness that has built up within the body and mind.
#MindYoursSelfie offers a series of guided relaxations audio exercises that introduce mindfulness to young people.