#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.

  1. Masks – Adam Coleman (General Category)
  2. You Are Not Your Thoughts – Mountrath Community School, Co. Laois (Secondary School Category Runner Up)
  3. The Storm Before the Calm – Renata Cangan (General Category)
  4. Man-Up – Mikey Aldridge (General Category)
  5. Speaking Up Helps – St Joseph’s Rochfortbridge, Co Westmeath (Secondary School Category)
  6. Gimme a Shout – Sean T. O Meallaigh (General Category Winner)
  7. 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.

Printable wellbeing action calendar

Wellness Journal

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
Printable Wellness Journal for Secondary School
Printable Wellness Journal for Primary School

Mindfulness Colouring

Mindfulness 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.
Printable bookmarks for primary schools
Printable bookmarks for secondary school

Mindfulness Exercises

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.

Mindfulness of the breath

This exercise can be repeated regularly and is a core mindfulness skill.

Body Scan

This exercise will help you become aware of how you are

Leaves on a Stream

This exercise will help you notice your thoughts and then let them go

Dropping the Anchor

This exercise will help you learn how to ground yourself in the present moment

Notice 5 Things

This exercise will help you slow down and engage with what is happening around you.

Being Mindful of your Thoughts

This exercise show you how busy your mind can be.

Selfie ‘Steem

In this activity, the students share positive messages about one another. Each student writes her/his name or places their photo in the space in the centre of the sheet. The sheet is then passed around the class so that others can write positive messages about their classmate (e.g. kind, bubbly, caring). You can take the exercise a step further by asking the students to write 5 things they like about themselves first. The most interesting part of this exercise is to learn how hard it is to compliment yourself but how easy it is to compliment another person.
Selfie ‘Steem Sheet for Secondary School
Selfie ‘Steem Sheet for Primary School

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.Fold the Selfie Tips Origami Chatterbox following the instructions in the downloadable folding craft sheet.Once the students have folded the Selfie Tips Paper Chatterbox, the game can begin.Step 1: Students play by team of 2. The first student asks the other to pick a number. He then works the Paper Chatterbox back and forth as he counts up to the number.Step 2: The first student asks the second student to pick one of the numbers on view inside the Paper Chatterbox. Then the first student works the fortune teller back and forth again as he counts up to the number.Step 3: The second student makes a final selection. He or she picks one of the numbers on view inside the Paper Chatterbox. The first student raises up the flap and reveal the positive message!Step 4: Start all over again! Either with the same friend or a different person.

Wellness Wall

Promotes wellness within the walls of your school. Create a space where everyone is welcome to read and contribute to the wall – writing how wellness looks, sounds, and feels and proving positive, informative and encouraging messages.Send us an email and give us your name and address to register for your Wellness Wall banner!
Wellness wall poster
Create a Wellness Wall in Your Secondary School
Create a Wellness Wall in Your Primary School

#MindYourSelfie – Mental Health Information eBooks

#MindYourSelfie is a series of mental health eBooks designed to give practical tips and advice in relation to mental health.
#MindYourSelfie eBooks for Primary School
#MindYourSelfie eBooks for Secondary School
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