A tried and tested way of improving and maintaining good mental health is by following the simple steps set out by the NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing.
If you're not already familiar with this, you can find out more in the New Economics Foundation's Five Ways to Wellbeing here - the origin of this mental health tool.
The NHS adopted and adapted this in their 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing, now a widely used mental health support tool and recommended by NHS services across the country.
If you've not already used it, our Reconnect and Recover mental health toolkit gives you age-appropriate activities, based on inspiring pieces of writing, to get children using and implementing the 5 ways in their everyday lives. It's free to all schools (SCARF schools - you have immediate access to this, on the My SCARF menu). And for SCARF schools, your SCARF curriculum also reinforces the principles. Feel free to share this page with parents and carers.
The theme of this year's Mental Health Week is Nature.
Here are some suggestions for boosting the mental health of children - and staff - which can be used during Mental Health week, or at any time!
Take these ideas as a starting point for mental health activities that can be done at school or at home.
And remember - Harold the giraffe will be picking up his pen and writing his diary every day of Mental Health awareness week, focusing on how nature has helped us over the last year!
There are so many things that we can do to be active in nature - many have already been mentioned in the sections above.
Here are a few more...
If you're not a SCARF school you can try the SCARF resources for six weeks for free. Find out more and sign up here for our free trial, here.