Positive mental health ‘needed to make life work’

NOTHING else in life will work without positive mental health and wellbeing, according to Dr Nick Baylis, who spoke at a conference for teachers and other school staff yesterday.

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Primary and secondary school staff attended the event, which was hosted at La Houguette Primary, and its aim was to explore the importance of children’s and teachers’ mental health and wellbeing to learning.

Mental Health – A State of Wellbeing featured a range of workshops and a keynote presentation from Dr Baylis, a consultant wellbeing psychologist, therapist and performance coach.

The conference formed part of Education Services’ preparation for the implementation of the Bailiwick’s new curriculum, which puts positive mental health and wellbeing at the heart of children’s learning.

Dr Baylis’s presentation focused on what teachers can do to support themselves and their learners in the modern world with all its opportunities and challenges.

Workshop sessions included emotional development of young children, developing learning resilience in students, anxiety, the teenage brain, five ways to wellbeing, mental health and wellbeing – what it might look like in your school and managing mental wellbeing at work.

Dr Baylis said nothing else in life would work – for example, learning would not take place and friendships would not be made – if mental health and wellbeing was not ‘at the hub of our lives’.

Comments for: "Positive mental health ‘needed to make life work’"

Island Wide Voting

Hmmm

The standard crossed arms pose is perhaps not so bad after all

Le Goubert

I went to this presentation and it was eggcellent.

The main point I took away to create a positive and happy state of mind was to make my very own "happiness kit". A happiness kit is rather like a first aid kit, and contains items to look at and touch that bring back happy memories when you're feeling down.

My happiness kit contains a €20 note, a photograph of the Grammar School with a mushroom cloud emanating from the roof and a tape of Nicola Sturgeon's recent speech asking for a second referendum for Scottish independence.

What would your happiness kit contain?

Island Wide Voting

MY HAPPINESS KIT WOULD INCLUDE A SIMPLE DEVICE WHICH CLIPS UNTO MY SCREEN AND IMMEDIATELY IDENTIFIES REGULAR TROLLS BY DISPLAYING THEIR POSTS IN RED INK OR PERHAPS IN CAPITALS

....OH DEAR!

Insider

My happiness would be if people stopped posting in capitals, its just plain rude.

Fred - not in the shed

Another 'expert' arrives from the UK to tell us how to do it, and how we can all be as happy as somebody in the UK. surely enough is enough. Who paid for this. We have fantastic expertise on the island and time after time we have to get people in from the UK and further afield to tell us how to make our country as wonderful as theirs.

Wellbeing in schools is excellent here compared to most places in the UK. It is easy to see what we need to do to improve it, and we don't need a UK expert to tell us.

Dave Haslam

*sigh* you win Donkey of the week award, god forbid an international expert in a field tell a Guern what to do because we know best right!

Read up on Nick Baylis before even beginning to compare to our "fantastic expertise" (most of which has been imported anyway).

Everyone that went to these talks (even our local based experts) were raving about how invaluable it is to get someone with his wealth of experience and knowledge on the island.