Modelling Good Mental Health

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Modelling Good Mental Health

Modelling Good Mental Health For Young People


Okay, so there aren’t many of us who would be confident enough to say they are a role model of good mental health. However, one thing that we can do (and which will also be good for us), is to think about how we can model good mental health activities and actions. What have we learned in our own lives that has helped us that we can share with young people? We might illustrate this by telling stories, offering advice or starting a discussion. Alternatively, we could just model these things through our own behaviour.

Examples that will positively impact our own mental health and help young people learn to do the same might be:

Setting Boundaries

These could include being firm about deadlines, when you are and are not working, things you will and will not do in your role, and what you will talk about. Explanations are the key here. Setting a hard deadline of Tuesday for a piece of work will have much more impact if you explain why it needs to be done by then – if someone else is waiting for the piece for instance. Likewise, explaining that you don’t work on weekends so that you keep that time free to wind down wil help them to gain the confidence that it’s okay to value your own time and energy.

Being Kind

Gossip is an underestimated factor in mental health. This includes both gossiping about others, as well as worrying if others are talking to you. Setting a no gossip tone helps people feel safer and more comfortable, as well as helping them understand that gossip can be a harmful thing. It’s not just young people who need to learn all of these, by the way! They are important for everyone.

If someone else is struggling, a conversation about how we can all be kind to them, even thinking in practical terms, helps everyone emerge feeling much happier.

Looking After Yourself

You don’t have to nag about eating greens and drinking water. If young people see you eating rubbish, it’s not unlikely that they will take that as the norm. Set the bar higher, ask them how they look after themselves, and start the conversations that show them that health should be a priority.

Get off The Phone

If we are on the phone, our attention is turned away to some virtual person or website. It is not with the people we are with. Apart from showing respect, this models good manners and highlights that you don’t need to be glued to your phone to get on.

Learn From Them

We are not the experts in everything. I learn so much from young people, from how Bitcoin works, to why they are turning off the news for their mental health. Listening and learning from them reminds them that they have a brain and a voice. They can also use it to influence others.

My one hour seminar on creating 7 habits for your mental health is ideal for young people. Please contact me here or book in a chat to discuss this for your organisation.


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