Episode 26 - 'Fitting in, and Relationship Stresses' from Moreton School

Listen or download below:

Show notes

stress-relax-buttons-show-stressed-or-relaxed_zJEtfGwu.jpg

In this episode of the HeadStart Wolverhampton podcast, we're back at Moreton School. Tyler and Natasha from Year 8, and Lucy and Kameron from Year 9, are in charge of the mics in this episode and share their thoughts and ideas with enthusiasm, insight, and good humour!

The podcast was recorded at the end of last week in preparation for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 theme of "Stress: Are We Coping?" and explores themes including the challenges of 'fitting in', both online, and in school with peers, and the stresses caused by friendships and relationships with parents.

Huge thanks to Kameron, Lucy, Tyler and Natasha for doing such a great job of presenting the show, and for sharing their thoughts and ideas with our podcast audience. As always, please submit comments and feedback using the form below, or via Twitter @HeadStartFM.

Show Links

Bonus Episode: From the HeadStart Popup shop for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental-Health-week-banner.jpg

Listen and download below:

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 has the theme of "Stress: Are We Coping?, and to mark the start of the week, HeadStart opened a popup shop in The Mander Centre on Saturday 12th May.

IMG_2238.JPG

Visitors to the shop shared their experiences of stress, and participated in activities including LEGO, arts and crafts, a photobooth. They were also provided with information about HeadStart activities in their area, and had the opportunity to explore the HeadStart Support and Guidance site, which collects selected resources to support the wellbeing of young people on a range of topics.

Over 100 people visited during the day, and feedback was almost universally positive, with 96% of visitors rating the event as Good or better.

During the day, I recorded audio interviews with some of the visitors to the popup. In this special episode of the podcast, I've collected together some of these interviews. Topics that visitors discuss include: the impact of HeadStart activities on a young person, supporting family members who experience mental illness, tips for dealing with stress, and thank yous from visitors to the people in their lives who have supported them through difficult or stressful times.

Please subscribe to future episodes of the podcast using the links below:

There is no charge for subscribing to podcasts!

We've also compiled together some resources for young people on the theme of stress onto the HeadStart Support and Guidance site.

Episode 25: The 'Stress: are we coping?' podcast for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, from Moreton School

Listen or download below:

Show notes

In this episode of the HeadStart Wolverhampton podcast, we hand control of the mics over to four young people at Moreton School: Kyle and Amy from Year 9, and Millie and Libby from Year 8. Their podcast explores the topic of stress, which is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 from the 14th to 20th May, under the provocative question "Stress: Are We Coping?".

In the podcast, our teenage presenters explore questions such as:

  • What is stress?
  • Is stress normal?
  • What causes stress for young people?
  • When does it become a problem, and what are possible consequences?
  • What can we do to help ourselves?
stress-woman-stressed_zkZQ19HO.jpg
I was really nervous when we began to record the podcast, but as we went on, I became much more confident. I found it really helpful to talk about the issues.
— Millie, Year 8

Huge thanks to Kyle, Amy, Millie and Libby for doing such a great job of presenting the show, and for sharing their thoughts and ideas with our podcast audience. As always, please submit comments and feedback using the form below, or via Twitter @HeadStartFM.

Show Links

Episode 24: ‘Exam success with less of the stress’ at Moreton Community School

Listen or download here:

Show notes:

For the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast, I visited Moreton School in Wolverhampton. Moreton is one of the Wolverhampton secondary schools where the HeadStart team are working very closely with the young people and staff on a range of well-being programmes, including SUMO, HEROs, and our mini Ambassadors programme.

April is National Stress Awareness month, and the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in May is ‘Stress: are we coping?’, so we decided to base our podcast around a common cause of stress in young people: taking exams.

The show is hosted by Curstan and Mackenzie from Y8 at Moreton,  and by Carmen and Hannah from Year 9. Thanks to them all for doing such a brilliant job!

Links: 

Episode 23: Mental health and well-being in the Punjabi-speaking community

Listen or download below:

The theme for the latest episode of the HeadStart podcast is mental health in the Punjabi-speaking community. On Thursday, 15th March, HeadStart and Aspiring Futures organised a Punjabi-language training session for members of the All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall community. The session was very well attended, and supported community members in their understanding of emotional well-being and mental health issues, and highlighted the support available through HeadStart to parents, carers and young people.

During the session, I took the opportunity to speak to two of the Aspiring Future trainers, Satwant and Jasmeen, and to HeadStart Community Development Coordinator Manjit. They shared their thoughts and experiences of working with the Punjabi-speaking community, on attitudes within that community on mental health, and on specific challenges faced by that community in accessing support for mental health challenges.

Huge thanks to Satwant and Jasmeen for speaking to us. Please submit feedback and comments using the form at the bottom of the post, and don't forget to follow HeadStart @HeadStartFM on TwitterFaceBookInstagram and YouTube.

Show notes and links:

Gallery

Correction: in the podcast, I mispronounce Satwant's name as 'Satmant'. Apologies to Satwant for the error.


Aman's video blog: "Mental Health"