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Staying well and looking after your health
Protecting students’ mental health and wellbeing is a priority at BAEC. We recognise that many students are facing additional mental health challenges and we encourage them to stay in touch with their tutor, fellow students and the BAEC safeguarding team.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness week takes place from the 10th to 16th May. This year especially, BAEC encourages all students, their families and friends to look after their mental health and support those who struggle. The organisations below can help find access to support, stand up against stigma and negative stereotypes.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation's theme for 2021 is Nature. Interacting with nature promotes good mental health and their website mentalhealth.com offers a comprehensive range of articles, videos and podcasts, resources and tips.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, they are asking you to do three things:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Talk about nature: use our tips, school packs, research and policy guides to discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.
St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance is dedicated to providing you with the right tools and support to ensure that you can promote a positive mental health culture. Their newsletter features resources, quiz, webinars and training courses.
Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham Mind
Green Bromley is the theme for Bromley Mind's Mental Health Awareness Week. Go to https://blgmind.org.uk/mental-health-awareness-week-2021-home/mental-health-awareness-week-2021-bromley/ to find out about local walks, green spaces and their photography competition.
Other sources of support
Bromley Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit
Schools and colleges, including adult education providers, play a key role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people, families and adult students. This toolkit aims to improve links between education and mental health professionals so that people get the support they need when they need it.
For more information follow this link Bromley Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit
30 minutes Wellbeing Workshops with Theresa Borg
Learn about the power of Positive Thinking and Mindfulness with these introductory workshops, hosted by our qualified Wellbeing and Meditation tutor. Follow the link to the Youtube videos and practise at home.
Wellbeing Guidance in other languages
Doctors of the World have published leaflets in 27 languages to support wellbeing in migrant communities in the UK.
Supporting recovery after Covid-19
If you are suffering from long lasting effects of Covid-19, the NHS has published helpful guidance on managing symptoms and the effects on your mind and body.
Finding other help and support
The resources below offer some tips to look after ourselves and each other.
Keeping Active at Home
Staying active while at home is important for wellbeing and mental health.
The resources below give information on how to keep physically healthy and well.