10/04/19

Young Well Being Leaders | Newsletter

On Friday the 22nd March the Young Wellbeing Leaders group attended the training session organised by a member of the Birmingham NewStart Programme.

NewStart is a project working in partnership with the NHS, Public Health, Local Authority, Forward Thinking Birmingham and other strategic partners in order to shape the future mental health provisions in school. The NewStart programme is currently working with 19 secondary schools in Birmingham to help them identify earlier those pupils who may be vulnerable to poor mental health and build resilience in order to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes.

As part of our training, we learnt about the features of a successful leader, the importance of being resilient and the components of mental health, mindfulness and wellbeing.

Successful Leaders

Being a good leader requires many qualities including approachability, communication and dedication.

We evaluated the leadership styles and techniques of global leaders including Donald Trump, Theresa May and Malala Yousafzai—considering how their chosen actions and experiences have determined their differing levels of success.

What is resilience?

In addition to learning about the role of a leader, we had studied the idea of resilience, which is the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations.

Resilience is often seen as something that people can be born with or a concept that some people develop more than others.

However, through our training, we found out that resilience is a fundamental aspect of wellbeing.

Being resilient means that you can conquer your own challenges and persevere through troublesome times. Whether this be academically, in a friendship situation or in another part of your life, resilience is a crucial part of our wellbeing  and has the power to dramatically influence our future.

Mental Health, Mindfulness and Wellbeing

The final section of our training involved grasping the concepts of mental health, wellbeing and mindfulness which can interlink and overlap but are separate ideas.

Mental health is something that all members of our society have, similar to physical health. It is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being and can take form as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ mental health.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. This is an important concept for everyday life and is explored through many avenues in school including Mindfulness Mondays.

Lastly, wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy and is something that the young wellbeing leaders of the school are striving to achieve in all students.

If you would like to know more or want any wellbeing advice, please look out for our drop in sessions and clubs organised by the Young Wellbeing Leaders.