Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Can I Promote Positive Mental Health in My Classroom?

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Can I Promote Positive Mental Health in My Classroom?

Article excerpt

Here are five tips to help you make mental health a priority:

1 Talk about it

I promote discussing mental health during daily life and think it's extremely important that we break the silence around this topic. Engaging in conversations will bring down barriers, spread positivity and build and cement relationships.

2 Make time for meditation

Meditation can introduce a sense of calm to your classroom, particularly before or after transitions. You can either lead it with some classical music or invest in a meditation CD. Any opportunities you can provide for a peaceful atmosphere will be precious.

3 Seek out resources

Time to Change provides free online resources to help you introduce the topic of mental health to students. The Young Minds website also provides information aimed specifically at children, to help break down barriers even further. …

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