I hope that you have had a good week. It’s been somewhat up and down my end – on the plus side, I’ve been invited to speak at some great events (see below) and I’ve started discussions about a couple of really interesting projects. On the downside, my trauma therapy is proving very effective but is really taking its toll – I shot a brief video to give an honest glimpse of a bad day which I hope will help others feel a little less alone in similar battles. I also wrote a blog post about the 9 things I’ve learned in the year since I was hospitalised with anorexia which may of interest to some of you.
And so on to sharing, sharing, sharing.. lots of stuff to share this week so I hope you’ll find some of it helpful.
A simple strategy for relaxation or grounding that you can either use yourself or use to help others at times of high anxiety or distress.
This is a practical video to help you develop (or support someone to develop) distress tolerance skills – i.e. the ability to manage overwhelming feelings or emotions. It explores the ‘ACCEPT’ skills which are commonly taught in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) – don’t let the language and acronyms put you off; I’ve broken it down into practical ideas anyone could use.
Practical ideas to help make meal times as positive / successful as possible during the eating disorder recovery process. The ideas here are helpful if you’re the person in recovery, or if you are supporting someone who is recovering from an eating disorder.
And a few videos from the (rapidly growing) archive you might like:
How to support someone bereaved by suicide– a highly practical guide put together by colleagues at UCL. Well worth bookmarking.
Building resilience in the face of adversity – the 4Ps of resilience– a practical evidence-based approach to resilience drawn together by myself and PhD student Lucas Shelemy.
Supporting the emotional and mental health needs of people with cancer– a new resource from the Mental Health Foundation
And here are a whole bunch of resources recommended by my twitter followers – there are even more in response to the original tweet – take a look hereif you want further ideas.
- An A-Z of coping strategies by Hampshire CAMHS
- Links to resources for mental health in young people with SEND shared by Lynn McCann
- Not Fine In School– a new website which aims to help parents and professionals trying to support children with school attendance difficulties
- Food for Thought– a guide by patients with eating disorders to better enable those who care about them to support them
- The first issue of the Pastoral Periodical by @UKPastoralchat is jam-packed with ideas..
I’ve started taking on speaking engagements again now – though I’m strictly limiting how many I do as I’m still working hard on my own mental health (and trying to strike a good work life balance). I’ll share details of upcoming events as they emerge – it’s always good to see a friendly face! Here is a selection of the events I have upcoming that you might like to get involved with:
April 28th– Norwich TEDx – This a HUGE TEDx education event in Norwich – it’s fully booked but I believe you’ll be able to watch a live stream of the event. I’ll be talking about suicide. Follow on twitter using the hashtag #TEDxNorwichEd
April 30th– Tunbridge Wells– I’m running a workshop on self-harm
May 8th– Westminster Education Forum– I’ll be discussing the recent mental health Green Paper
Don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’d like me to chair or speak at your event – I’ve currently got events lined up into April 2019 both home and abroad and I’m really looking forward to getting back out and about a bit more.
And with that, I’ll leave you to enjoy your weekend!
Very best wishes and continued thanks for the hard work you’re all doing.
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Mental Health Author and Educator
Vice Chair – Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition