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Wellbeing Toolkit Workshop for Parents/Carers


Wellbeing Tool Kit Workshop for Parents and Carers:


As part of the wellbeing award it became apparent that in order to support our children's mental health and wellbeing it was important that we as adults are able to recognise and identify our own feelings and emotions. The workshops are based on Dr Tina Rae's 'wellbeing toolkit for staff' and the material will be delivered by our school's wellbeing coordinator. Therefore as a school we can not take any credit for the material provided we are simply hoping that by delivering it to both staff and parents/carers we can work together in breaking the stigma around mental health and wellbeing and provide a safe environment in which adult's can speak openly about their feelings and emotions.   By speaking openly about mental health and wellbeing and working together as a community we aim to help shape our children's understanding and thoughts on such an important subject that affects almost all of us at some point in our lives. 


Topic 1:Understanding Your Mental Health and Wellbeing

There is a growing understanding and recognition that mental health is more than the absence of mental illness and that good mental health underpins everything we do, how think, feel, act and behave. it is an essential and precious individual, family, community and business resource that needs to be protected and enhanced.  


In this session we will explore:

What is good mental health and wellbeing?

Determinants of mental health and wellbeing.

Tools and approaches to promote mental wellbeing.

The effects of stress.

Measuring your wellbeing.



Topic 2: The Role of Emotional Literacy in Your Life.


Emotional literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings.  It is the ability to understand your emotions, the ability to listen to others and empathise with their emotions, and the ability to express emotions productively. To be emotionally literate is to be able to handle emotions in a way that improves your personal power and improves the quality of life around you. Emotional literacy improves relationships, creates loving possibilities between people, makes cooperative work possible, and facilities the feeling of community"


What is emotional literacy?

Why is it so important?

The emotional labour of supporting young people.

Listening to your feelings.

Identifying and labelling your feelings.


Topic 3: The Resilience Snake

What is positive psychology?

Using positive psychology for stress management

What is resilience?

Ten ways to build emotional resilience?

Personal resilience builders.


Topic 4: Using Strategies from cognitive behaviour therapy to build resilience.


The use of cognitive behaviour therapy approaches provides individuals a way of talking about themselves, their world and people who inhabit it so that they are more able to understand how what they do affects both their thoughts and feelings and vice versa.


How does negative thinking start?

How does CBT work?

Five CBT inspired strategies

10 key ways to build your resilience


Topic 5: Using Mindfulness and Creative approaches to reduce stress


"Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity". Its a way of paying attention to the present moment, when we are mindful we become more aware of our thought and feelings and better able to manage them".


The benefits of mindfulness.


Mindfulness supports stress management.

Increase in Positive Emotion.

Mindfulness activity.

Ways to reduce stress. 



Topic 6: How do we support our children's wellbeing and mental health?

Through identifying our own feelings and emotions- showing an awareness of our own mental health and wellbeing we allow our children to recognise that it is okay to feel sad, happy, angry, worried at times. Through working together we aim to build children's emotional resilience so that they are better equipped for the future to deal with change, trauma, bereavement and any other event that takes place in their life.  Children will pick up on your wellbeing and resilience and this can have a significant impact on them as individuals and their ability to form relationships, learn and grown as individuals.