Why is it needed?
Mental health relates to how we think, feel, behave and interact with other people. Just as we can develop problems with our physical health, many of us will experience problems with our mental health over the course of our lives.
Not all mental health problems are preventable. But there are some things we can do to look after our mental health, for example, promoting mental wellbeing, and building resilience.
Resilience is the capacity to bounce back from adversity. Resilient individuals, families and communities are more able to deal with difficulties they may encounter and protect themselves against the development of some mental health problems.
Evidence shows that resilience could contribute to healthy behaviours, higher qualifications and skills, better employment, better mental well-being, and a quicker or more successful recovery from illness. However, resilience is not an innate feature of some people’s personalities.
We know that resilience and adversity are distributed unequally across the population, and are related to socio-economic inequalities.
We know that those who face the most adversity are least likely to have the resources necessary to build resilience.
We know that 1 in10 children aged between 1-15 has a mental health disorder.
Schools have a key opportunity to build resilience among children and young people. Educating children at an early age about how to protect their own mental health, through an understanding of what good mental health looks like, and methods to improve their resilience will support them through the challenges they will face.
Inside The Box That Boings
The Box that Boings contains twelve tools and a Teacher’s Book.
There is no fixed way of using the toolkit and it is purposely designed so the teacher or support staff can chose tools or activities that will resonate with children they are working with and their needs.