Last month Tender embarked on ‘Self-Care September’; a month that was dedicated to discussing mental health and engaging in activities that encouraged us to reflect on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The prevalence and effects of mental ill-health isn’t something to be overlooked and, particularly when talking about domestic abuse and sexual violence, we should encourage young people to be reflective on what support they may need when exploring these topics.
On October 10th (also known as World Mental Health Day), Tender’s Youth Board launched a new campaign called High5. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of self-care and encourage young people to actively engage in discussions on how our relationship with ourselves, how we identify our emotions and channel these in a health way, can impact how we sustain the support we give to others.
The campaign comprised of three main elements:
When thinking about self-care and ‘national’ days, it’s important that these topics and conversations don’t become tokenistic and limited to singular periods of time. Self-care shouldn’t be a seasonal decoration that is glamorised and taken out of a box once a year, it should be sustainable and continuous. When reflecting on the function of self-care, we often refer to the idea that in order to continuously support those around you, you need check-in with yourself and make sure you are well supported.
“To me, self-care is doing one or several activities that alleviates the stress from our day to day lives. Since we all live incredibly busy lives, it is often difficult to take a break and have our time to ourselves, and the importance of self-care is it gives us the opportunity to do that. Personally, my favourite is taking walks through parks, which is good for me physically as well as mentally, and helps me to relax and have some time to myself. I think its importance in today’s society can frequently be overlooked and by promoting self-care, we can achieve a more mentally healthy community and a happier world around us” – (Brandon, Youth Board Member)
If you are interested in learning more about Tender’s Youth Board, or are considering applying, please email Brad@Tender.org.uk