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new cards to help children and young people talk about mental health

mental health resource for schools

This week we launch a new set of conversation cards called ‘Conversations about Mental Health with Children and Young People’.

They are designed to help children explore and talk about mental health and wellbeing.   Read more

Help Your Child Develop Confidence – New Cards

How to develop confidence

How to develop confidenceHelp Your Child Develop Confidence

I am so delighted to announce that we are publishing a new pack of cards to help children develop confidence.

Confidence affects all areas of our lives from work to relationships to health. If we help children be confident we are giving them an important tool and a great start in life.

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One Punch Murder

One Punch Murder

One Punch Murder is something I knew very little about until I met Sarah Murphy. I learnt that on the 21st August 2011 her brother was killed in a sudden, unprovoked attack.

Sarah explained that people killed by the impact of just one punch was not as uncommon as I thought. She told me how her brothers death had impacted her and her family. It is a meeting I will never forget. Murder is a painful and difficult topic.

Sarah went onto write Talking About Trauma, a resource to help people discuss ways to move forward after experiencing a traumatic event. Working with Sarah has opened my eyes to One Punch Murder and the pain families suffer.

Recently Sarah posted a link to a TEDX talk by Jamie Denyer.

Jamie’s nephew, Connor Saunders was killed by One Punch and I have got to be honest, I did not make it far into this film before I cried. As the mother of a 19 year old son myself I could not help myself.

Jamie talks about grief, care, compassion, forgiveness, about forgetting materialism, human connection and family. He talks about the justice system, and what it is like to find yourself in court eye to eye with the person who had murdered someone you love.

This video is about suffering and loss but it is also inspiring. Jamie shares honest reminders about what is really important in life. He explains that as an organ donor 7 people’s lives have been saved following Connors death.

This isn’t easy to watch but we need to share Connors story. Young people need to hear this. 

If you are a teacher, youth worker or parent please talk to young people about One Punch Murder.

You can reach Jamie at www.connorshelpinghand.com and on twitter @griefpreacher

 

 

 

 

Talking About Healthy Friendships

Healthy Friendships

Today I was talking to Becky Goddard Hill about the launch of Healthy Friendships. This pack of conversation cards help children explore and talk about friendship difficulties.

Even though my children are older now I can still remember the distress that friendship problems caused. It can be a very difficult subject. In today’s #finkchat Becky explains how we can help our children develop the skills needed to develop good friendships. Read more

Healthy Habits Q&A with Luke Jones

healthy habits

On our Facebook page last night we had a Q&A with Luke Jones, talking about his healthy habits and showing you just how easy it is to use the healthy habits cards! Read more

Healthy Habits with @LukeJonesHERO

healthy habits

This weeks #finkchat is with Luke Jones, our healthy habits author, discussing stress, micro habits and his cards!

Healthy Habits -who are the cards for and how can they be used?

The cards usually work best over several sessions consisting of two to three questions. Using them all at once can lead to information-overload.

Remember to relax and have fun! There are no right or wrong answers. The deck is simply a tool to help you explore ideas and get you thinking about eating, moving and living healthily.

The cards are versatile and can be useful in various environments, including:

With Families
The cards are a great way to get families thinking about healthy living. You could set time aside once a week to discuss a couple of the questions, ensuring that everyone gets a turn and has their voice heard in the discussion.

With Schools
The cards can also be used as discussion point in schools to help raise awareness of healthy living. This could involve classroom debates, group discussions, presentations and even written assignments.
With Individuals
The cards can also be used with individuals to help them explore their own habits, or in consultations with students/children/clients to further their understanding of healthy living.

For additional resources and a free starter guide to forming healthy habits, head on over to Hero Health Room or visit the Fink Shop

Reading Matters

Delighted to have our #finkchat this week with Reading Matters.

Reading Matters is a UK charity who improve reading skills. They have a vision of the future in which all children and young people have the reading skills and confidence they need to get the most out of life. Their mission is to help them to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers by provide literacy support training to adults, young people, children, educational professionals and parents and carers, Reading Matters manage networks of volunteer Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders in schools and other settings.

Reading Matters has created a pack that has everything you need to create hours of fun and interesting conversation and is ideal for Families, Teachers, Support Assistants and Youth Workers. You can find more about the cards here!

Conversation Cards for TeachersThis edition of Fink Cards contains conversation cards with a literacy twist.

Reading is important because words – spoken and written – are the building blocks of life. Reading develops our minds, our creativity and imagination and is how we gather new ideas and insights,gaining the knowledge and power to make our own decisions. Through reading we can go anywhere in the world and be whoever we want to be; the possibilities are endless. 

This pack has everything you need to create hours of fun and interesting conversation and is ideal for Families, Teachers, Support Assistants and Youth Workers.

Written by Reading Matters, a UK charity who improve reading skills. They have a vision of the future in which all children and young people have the reading skills and confidence they need to get the most out of life. Their mission is to help them to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers by provide literacy support training to adults, young people, children, educational professionals and parents and carers.

Reading Matters manage networks of volunteer Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders in schools and other settings.

Interview with Luke Jones

Luke Jones author of Healthy Habits

Luke Jones, the author of Healthy Habits, has recently joined us for a series of chats on facebook and twitter. These have been really useful for anyone interested in living a more healthy life. Luke has very kindly agreed to answer in more depth 20 questions about forming healthy habits.  Read more

Healthy Habits

@herohealthroom

 

healthy habitsHealthy Habits is about our overall state of health which is largely determined by the thousands of small actions we take everyday, otherwise know as our habits.

For various reasons, in homes and schools there is often a lack of communication regarding healthy habits. Subsequently, many children grow up not knowing what it means to live healthily, and often they run into issues later in life. Read more

Slow and Steady – The Simple Way to Form Healthy Habits

@herohealthroom

healthy habitsAttempting to change your habits can be frustrating can’t it?

It’s frustrating when you know exactly where you want to be, but despite your best efforts, you just cant seem to get there. It’s frustrating when things seem to be going fine for a few weeks, but then you suddenly fall off the rails completely, and you’re back to square one. Read more

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