Positive Mental Health KS3,4 and 6th form

Bath and North East Somerset - Positive Mental Health Resources for KS 3, 4 and 6th form.

These resources were launched in March 2016. They were developed by young people from the Bath and North East Somerset CAMHS Participation Team, supported by Gill Welsh, CAMHS Participation Lead, in collaboration wih Kate Murphy, PSHE Lead for B&NES. They contain contributions from over 100 young people and staff from a wide range of local organisations.

You can find the complete resource here, or click on the links below for activities on specific mental health issues.

How this pack was developed

Introduction to the pack

Contents Page

Introduction to Mental Health and Challenging Stigma

Changing places - an activity to develop empathy and normalise mental health issues

Quizzes - different quizzes, with answers, to suit your lessons at KS3 or 4. Or try them in a different format. Or use some local data from the 2015 SHEU survey. (Answers in the quizzes section).

 Life is a lottery - a lighthearted game with a serious underlying message that life's challenges can affect our mental health. Use in conjunction with the game cards.

Celebrity match.  Use the cards to highlight how many different celebrities have also struggled with mental health issues.

Challenging stigma - An activity to develop empathy for young people experiencing stigma and develop strategies for creating a more supportive environment. This activity includes views of local young people on tackling stigma.

 Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety - an insider's view. An activity to develop empathy around the issue of anxiety by sharing messages from people with anxiety to their friends.

Worries - An activity that explores the impact of stress. Use the 42 quotes.

Panic attacks. An activity that explores what a panic attack is like. Resources include a CAMHS Comic, top tips for reducing stress  and top tips for improving mental health.

Stress Quiz. An online quiz that provides feedback on levels of stress and suggests ideas for reducing stress.

The Worry Tree. An activity to practice ways of dealing with worrying thoughts

  Eating Disorders and Body Image

Body Image - Giving Compliments. An activity to help students identify and share positive attributes about themselves and each other.

Body Image - Mood Board. An activity to show that our identity is much more about who we are than what we look like.

Create the change we want to see. An activity to highlight the consequences of our preoccupation with physical appearance and to plan a campaign aimed at challenging attitudes.

Eating Disorders. An activity that explores what it is like to have an eating disorder.

Eating Disorders - Agree/disagree. A KS3 and a KS4 activity to get people thinking about attitudes towards eating disorders.

Eating Disorders - The Battle in my Mind. An activity to gain a sense of what it is like for someone who suffers from an eating disorder. There are two audio clips needed for this activity. Clip 1 (eating with parents)  Clip 2 (eating with peers)

  Mood Disorders

Depression. An activity that explores young people's experience of depression, including CAMHS depression comics.

Mood Disorders - Agree/Disagree.  KS3 and KS4/5 activites to get people thinking about mood disorders.

The Ins and Outs of Depression. An activity to get people thinking about different aspects of depression.

 Self Harm

 An introduction to Self-Harm.

Agree/disagree. An activity to get people thinking about attitudes towards self-harm.

Myths and Misconceptions. A quiz which challenges some of the myths that exist around self-harm. True/False cards needed.

Self-harm distractions. An activity which increases awareness of techniques which have been found to help young people avoid self-harming. Distraction cards needed, which also includes a 'What can you remember?' picture for the first activity.

Self-harm Toolbox. An activity to get people thinking about how to help someone who self-harms.

 Looking After Yourself

Chipping Away. An activity to illustrate how our interactions with other people can impact on feelings of self-worth. An audio clip is needed for this activity.

Ways to well-being. An activity to get people thinking about how to support their mental health, including the 5 ways to well-being photos. There is also a version with lesson notes and a video link.

Healthy Habits for Good Mental Health. An activity to explore ways to improve mental health and build it into our lives. Includes 20 habits cards and 5 ways to well-being cards.

Healthy Schools. An activity to get people thinking about how to make their school a place that supports and promotes good mental health.

 Getting Help

Circle of Support. An activity to develop individual support plans

Scenario Activity - where to get support. Includes scenarios and option card photos.


A list of useful websites and organisations