In celebration of World Mental Health Day, let’s make it World Mental Health Month and exercise some prevention is better than cure.
Bradford Grammar School (BGS) launched ‘Spotlight on Happiness’ Monday 20 March
to coincide with International Day of Happiness
. The online public video resource is tailored for children, young people and adults to learn about well-being in school and why it’s so important.
Jeremy recently gave an interview to Head Talks about the importance of teaching sanity in schools.
On November 17, C3’s Workplace Health Movement welcomed Jeremy Thomas to talk about the importance of preventing mental health problems and providing employees with accessible information and education about good mental health in the workplace.
Jeremy was interviewed by Full Fabric, a service dedicated to working with universities to improve the quality of the educational experience.
Stress Busting Breathing Exercise
Sit up straight, (or stand or lie down). Breathe out.
Breathe in deeply, and, at the same time, relax your belly muscles. Feel as though your belly is filling with air. You will feel your stomach pushing outwards.
After filling the belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.
Hold the breath in for a moment, then begin to exhale as slowly as possible.
As the air is slowly let out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out the remaining breath.
Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
Relax your face and body.
Clear your mind and let everything go.
Try to do this for 3-5 minutes.
This has an immediate effect – you will feel relaxed but alert and your mind will feel clear. Remember – oxygen is life’s natural tranquiliser!
Missing jumbo jets, two million Syrian refugees living in tents, gladiatorial TV, the X Factor, the Y Factor, food banks, cyber bullying, addiction to social networks and the growing issue of loneliness – yes, the world is quite insane enough to deal with, let alone being a student dealing with the pressure of achieving straight A’s, perfect body image and trying to be the most popular kid on the block.
2015 saw dozens of schools invite me to speak to their older students on the importance of good mental health.
As GCSE and A-level exams come to a close, Jeremy Thomas examines the cost of pushing for the best exam results
There seems to be almost constant sound-bites in the media about mental health these days. So many that you might want to tune out and bury your head in the nearest pot of sand.
Everyone is rightly shocked and saddened by the tragic deaths of the 150 people on board the Germanwings flight last week. It is vital, however, that the actions of one man, Andreas Lubitz, do not distort the way in which mental illness is viewed.
Just over two years old, this animated video from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is still a thought-provoking and accurate reflection of many people’s daily struggle with depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people during the winter months, and it can be particularly acute in January after the Christmas celebrations.
So, this week sees the coalition launch their ‘Mental Health Taskforce’, tasked with finally giving this enormous issue some much-needed focus. As to how successful this will ultimately be, only time will tell. However it is cause for some optimism!