‘Tubby and terrified’: How fear puts girls off PE

Fear and lack of confidence are stopping girls doing more exercise at school

  • “Hayley Wood-Thompson, Gracie’s PE teacher at The John Warner School in Hertfordshire, says about half of the girls feel the same.
  • Image copyright – The John Warner School – – – – – Image caption – – Hayley Wood-Thompson is a PE teacher at The John Warner School – – – – The UK’s chief medical officer recommends school-age children do at least an hour of exercise each day.
  • The school also now divides its PE programme into pathways, allowing girls and boys to choose how much competitive and outdoors sport to do.
  • Image copyright – The John Warner School – – – – – Image caption – – Gracie’s activities include field days and camps with the Combined Cadet Force – – – – Gracie Rowe chose the girls-only pathway and liked it.
  • Last year the school nominated her as a leader on the Youth Sport Trust’s Girls’ Active programme, which aims to tackle girls’ negative body images, improve attitudes to physical activity and to make sport more relevant to them.

Girls are half as likely as boys to be physically active – and lack of confidence is to blame.
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BBC Two

'Children in care need better mental health support'

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  • England’s children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the care system has been too focused on child safeguarding in the past, and not enough on helping children recover from traumatic upbringings.
  • She said there should be “a presumption” among those working in the sector that all children in care should receive support for their mental health.
  • Children in care are four times more likely to have a mental health condition.

‘Speed up mental health support for children in care’
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Calming touch

Calming touch: Would these ten objects help you with your mental health?

  • When I was really ill with anorexia, it was a method of channeling all this energy that I would have otherwise put into something destructive, into making something really positive.
  • It’s something that I enjoy, something that other people love to hear.
  • So, channeling all those bad things into something good.

Ten people share the secret objects that bring them comfort
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BBC Radio 1

  • Mental health problems affect your moods and the way you behave, think and react.
  • If you have thoughts, feelings and reactions that feel difficult for a long time and get in the way of how you want to live your life, you could have a mental health problem.
  • We don’t know why some people get mental health problems and some people don’t.
  • [My mental health problem] kept me from being the person who I was,” – – Doctors have grouped together certain feelings, thoughts and behaviours and given them names (diagnoses).
  • “I just wanted to say never give up, find and talk to people who won’t judge you” – – Looking after your mental health doesn’t always mean you can avoid mental health problems.

Here’s how to take care of your mind & recognise when you might need support.
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Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
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Personalities weigh in on mental health after controversial Joey de Leon comments

Personalities weigh in on mental health after controversial Joey de Leon comments

  • Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Noontime variety  show host Joey de Leon’s comments on depression triggered a storm of online criticism — but this time, celebrities are also weighing in.
  • De Leon was criticized on Thursday for saying on ‘Eat Bulaga’ that those with depression were only pretending.
  • Related: Netizens call out Joey de Leon for remark on depression, Maine Mendoza praised – – Co-host Maine Mendoza, on the other hand, was praised for her remarks that depression was not a joke and those suffering from it needed support.
  • Mental health bill author Sen. Risa Hontiveros added on Friday that depression is “not a self-inflicted invention.”
  • De Leon’s remarks coincide with the celebration of Depression Awareness Month this October.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 6) — Noontime variety  show host Joey de Leon’s comments on depression triggered a storm of online criticism — but this time, celebrities are also weighing in.
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