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Self-Care September: Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

Over the last few weeks, our team have been delivering a number of relaxation techniques virtually to our young people to support their emotional development and mental resilience.

September 17 2021 - 5 min read

These workshops were centred on using the 7 steps of relaxation – an approach from Relax Kids which targets brain, body and mind with the goal of helping children feel happier, more positive and believe in themselves.

Subsequent feedback provided from the children and young people said that they had practiced these techniques following the sessions.

Relax Kids offer training programmes to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, equipping those who care for them with a range of tools and techniques that help calm their body and mind to build confidence and self-esteem.

Their pioneering 7-step holistic approach includes:

MOVE – Warm up exercise for energy and fun

PLAY – Activity games for vitality, creativity and joy

STRETCH – Stretching for balance, inner strength and power

FEEL – Peer/self massage for self-awareness, empathy and respect

BREATHE – Breathing exercises for improved health, anxiety and inner calm

BELIEVE – Affirmations for self-esteem, confidence and positivity

RELAX – Visualisations for deep relaxation, imagination and peace

Staff across FCA Scotland also benefited themselves from a training day which focused on improving their own self-care after a challenging 18 months using the same 7-step principles.

Amanda Lindsay, Registered Manager at FCA Scotland commented: “All of the staff have worked tirelessly during the past 18 months to support the carers in ensuring the children and young people in their care feel happy, supported and secure.”
“Understandably wellbeing and its importance is a hot topic right now, that why we want to ensure all staff, carers and children within the FCA Scotland family have all the tools they need to practice resilience and calm in these uncertain times.”
“Delivering this workshop to our staff too, not only offered a chance for staff to de-stress and relax, but also offered a welcome opportunity for everyone to meet up face-to-face after months of virtual meetings.”

Continued training and support in improving the mental wellbeing of the children and young people in our care is just one of the many ways FCA Scotland show their commitment to #KeepingThePromise – a pledge to ensure children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

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Or to find out more about how you can make a difference in the lives of children and young people in Scotland, speak to the team today on 0141 646 4805.