The final years of your child’s education can be full of tough decisions and stressful times, which can be barriers to self esteem, depression and resilience. In East Anglia, we’ve been working with the mental health charity Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind and their Stress LESS program, learning how to ‘Take five; feel better’.
“We know that 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, highlighting the need for early prevention and intervention. Simple steps can be taken to give young people an awareness of how to stay mentally healthy as well as the tools to do so. At CPSL Mind we have developed our Stress LESS resources to support parents, carers, friends, family, schools, colleges & universities in providing this information to students.”
Campaigns and Communications Lead,
Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and
South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind
Getting the grades! Stress LESS There are a number of methods you and your child can use to help them manage stress.
Encourage your child to plan their time so they feel in control. Make sure they are making enough time for hobbies and friends.
Ensure your child is happy, laughter can help ward off stress.
Make sure you and your child are getting enough sleep.
A small amount of exercise – even a ten minute walk or cycle – can work
Taking five minutes to simply breathe can greatly reduce stress.
If you think your child is feeling the pressure and struggling to manage stress, talk to them! Try and understand their position. If you think they would benefit from talking to someone else, local services offer free confidential support for young people.