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Wellbeing and mental health

Young people face many pressures and these can lead to struggles with their wellbeing and mental health.
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Volunteers and young people meet at an introduction event

It is not a mentor’s role to be a counsellor, however you can encourage your mentees to develop good practices in order to support their own health and wellbeing. Below is a selection of resources to aid you and your mentee within this area.

Please remember that if you have any concerns at all, contact Arts Emergency and we can then speak to the relevant parties.

Resources to download

Having conversations about mental health

We encourage mentors to promote good mental health practices.

Wellbeing exercises

A selection of exercises to aid positive thinking.

Having difficult conversations

A resource to help guide challenging conversations.

Building self esteem

An activity page for boosting self esteem.

Self esteem journal

Use these templates to record your self esteem journey. Try and complete a table every day.

Positive journaling

Searching for the positives can be challenging at times. Regularly recording things you feel grateful for can be very beneficial to your wellbeing.

Finding joy

Make a list of the things that make you happy and the things that are a drain, then make more time for what brings you joy!

Write a letter to your future self

Think about your hopes for the future and where you’re at now. What advice would you give your future self?

SWOT Analysis

This framework can help you reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and plan for potential opportunities or threats.

Grounding exercises

These exercises are good to share if someone experiences panic attacks.

Thought record sheet

Sometimes, it can be easy to spiral into unhelpful thinking habits. This sheet can help you analyse and rationalise your thoughts.

Stress container

Stress can feel overwhelming at times. It's important to understand what causes your stress and ways that it can be relieved. This infographic is a helpful starting point to understand your stress container.

Stigma and language

It's important that we are careful of the language we use and how it can stigmatise mental health.

Unhelpful thinking habits

Many of us will find ourselves falling into unhelpful thinking habits that make a situation seem worse than it is. These worksheets will help you reflect on your thinking patterns and explore some strategies to help you think and behave in more effective and helpful ways.

Active listening

Active listening refers to a pattern of listening that keeps you engaged with your conversation partner in a positive way.

Supporting Black and People of Colour at work

Mental Health First Aid's guidance on supporting the mental health of People of Colour and Black people in the workplace.

We know that sometimes mentor pairs might need specific mental health guidance. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of organisations that can offer specialist support.