CLANGERS for Wellbeing
In our latest film, CLANGERS for Wellbeing, young people share their top tips for keeping mentally and physically active using the CLANGERS system devised by NHS doctor, broadcaster and campaigner Dr. Phil Hammond. In June, a study by Mind highlighted the need for more help for teenagers around mental health and our film is full of useful advice from young people who have found what works for them.
Looking after our physical, emotional and mental health is crucial but it can be hard to know where to start, particularly during the isolation and uncertainty of a global pandemic. Finding ways to adopt daily habits that are fun, good for us and rewarding can provide a huge boost to our overall health and wellbeing.
Dr. Phil says there’s good evidence that the “daily vitamins” which keep us healthy can be summarised in the acronym CLANGERS, which stands for Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax, and Sleep. In our film, Alex, Sky and Oli explain how each step boosts their “whole-body wellbeing” and talk about the fun and inventive ways that they get their daily CLANGERS. Watch the film here.
Eat Well with Rainbow Food
What we eat and drink affects how we feel, think and behave. We teamed up with nutritionist Cally Herbert to create Rainbow Food, a film that explores the relationship between mental health and diet so that we can make informed choices about promoting and maintaining good mental health.
In the film, our lively gang of young cooks share some of their delicious rainbow recipes; a selection of quick and easy low-cost meals that use a variety of colourful ingredients to create tasty and nutritious meals. We hope the film and accompanying activities and recipes will inspire and encourage other children to experiment with new tastes and textures while making the connection between the food we eat and our physical and emotional wellbeing.
As well as being great fun, cooking is a great communal activity and teaches skills for life. Fancy giving it a go? You can find the film and lots of free resources on our website by clicking here. We hope you enjoy them and Bon Appetit!
Podcast: Dealing with Performance Anxiety
Each month, our youth advisors and other guests discuss different aspects of mental health with a focus on what helps when you are struggling and how we can all support each other. In our most recent episode, our host Levi is joined by Eoin to discuss performance anxiety, the effect it can have and what you can do to combat it.
Performance anxiety can impact people in many situations that are not always related to being in front of an audience. Levi and Eoin explore the subject in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way that we hope will be useful to everyone. You can listen to the episode here on our website or click here to subscribe using your favourite podcast provider.
Have you ever thought about volunteering? The Community Matters Charity Shop in Bath is donating all of their profits to Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too and are always looking for volunteers. They have lots of opportunities for new shop-based volunteers but also have a wide variety of other roles to suit your skills and interests so do get in touch with them, or just pop in to the shop to say hi, if you want to try something new or develop your skills.
Even if you don’t fancy volunteering, you can still support our work by donating stuff you no longer need or use!
Find them on Chelsea Road, Bath, Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am-5pm
Now that summer is here, you might be looking for some fun and fabulous ways to put your energy towards a good cause. We rely on grants and donations for our work and always welcome donations from fundraising events and challenges that people set themselves. In the last year we’ve had some wonderful fundraising efforts, including a swimmer who conquered the English Channel in her own garden, a ten-mile trek by our ten-year-old Primary Champions, a sponsored silence, some mega bike rides and lots of half marathon heroes!
If you have an urge to set yourself a challenge, you can find lots of inspiring ideas to get you started on this A-Z of Fundraising from our partner organisation the Charlie Waller Trust:
Ready to get started? You can easily set up your fundraising page by clicking ‘Start Fundraising’ button on ourJustGiving page. A huge thank you to everyone who has fundraised for us over the last year. You are helping us to make a difference.
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