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I hope this email finds you well and settling into the swing of spring. I’ve got a few new recommendations for you which I hope you’ll find helpful.
The first is for those of you working with younger children (up to about age 12). I’ve recently come across Storybow – an online story-telling tool which helps young people to explore their emotions. You can read all about it here. I’ve spoken with the founders and hope to contribute to its development and dissemination. Have a look and let me know what you think – what other topics do you think there should be stories about? Alexandre and his partner Heleen who are the team behind it are very open to me supporting the writing of new stories, so pipe up if you have an idea you’d like to pitch, and maybe you’ll see it come to life!
Next up, a book you MUST read. It’s the best book I’ve read in a long time. It’s called Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff by Nick Luxmoore. You can read my full review and see a preview here. It’s less than a hundred pages, but every page is full of solid, practical advice and ideas which are in turn reassuring and innovative. Nick recognises that we are time poor so he walks us through how we can be good listeners in the time we do have. You can get a 10% discount if you order it direct from the publishers and quote Y15.
A slightly different resource to my usual that you might find helpful is ‘Your Daughter’s Future’ this was a government funded guide that I researched and developed in my role at the PSHE Association. It’s a toolkit for parents to help them support their daughters in making career and education choices that are right for them rather than what is expected by society, schools or peers. I’d love to do a primary version and a school’s version some time.. do you think they’d be helpful?
I’ve also written a blog post about how we can use poetry as a way in to difficult discussions. I’ve taken one of my own poems (I write one each day, weird, I know!) which is about fading self-harm scars as an example stimulus for discussion around self-harm injuries, scars and recovery. I have a book in my head about the use of poetry as a therapeutic tool. Do you think it would be helpful?
Oh and finally, a young girl shared a first hand account of what it is like to secretly live with mental health issues. It’s hard to begin to imagine the pain and anguish but she does a very good job trying to explain it honestly, painfully. Well worth a read.
A few other things I’ve not mentioned above but which might be of interest:
- Revising for Exams – Tips to help you get it right – downloadable guide for students
- Why I won’t be writing an anorexia memoir any time soon – me baring my soul!
- Job Opportunity: The PSHE Association are hiring x 3! – a great team to work with and some exciting projects coming up
- New Research: Body dissatisfaction and emotional problems – exploring cause and consequence… – you’ll have heard this in the news, this post has the paper and summary of how to apply this to your teaching
Okay, I’ve overwhelmed you with enough links and information for now! Let me know if there are any particular resources you’d like me to write or review..
Before I sign off, a tiny bit of self-promotion if I may (I hate this bit!) If you’ve not yet read it, please consider reading my new book self-harm and eating disorders in schools – reviews and preview available here. If you have read it, I’d love to hear your feedback – and you might choose (please!) to write a review on Amazon to help others know whether it would be a helpful read for them.
If you’re in need of training or consultancy, don’t hesitate to be in touch. The two most popular packages at the moment are:
Let’s Talk about Self-Harm: Package for Schools and Colleges and Promoting emotional wellbeing: implementing whole school approaches which make a difference – but you know me, ever flexible so just drop me a line to discuss what you need. The diary is filling fast though so book now to avoid disappointment (genuinely!) I’m happy to hold provisional dates if you’re still in the earlier stages of planning.
Very best wishes,
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***My new book: Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: A Guide to Whole-School Strategies and Practical Support is now available***