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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.
Close up of volunteer and young people’s hands at an introduction event
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.

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.