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Five a day for mental health

There are five things we can do each day to look after our mental health; connect with others, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. These resources will support your class to apply the five-a-day into their everyday routine.

Learning intentions

  • Explore the five-a-day for mental health
  • Apply the five-a-day for mental health in a young person’s routine.
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Junior and senior cycle

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30 minutes

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My mental health
Defining mental health

Five a day for your mental health


Five-a-day for mental health is based on the 'Five ways to Wellbeing' report 2008, by the New Economics Foundation (NEF).
Use the video in class to illustrate the NEF's recommendations of '5-a-day for your mental health'.

Further reading for your students
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Exercise and mental health

We all know that exercise is good for our mental health. Here a Jigsaw Clinician talks about why it can help and ways to incorporate it into our lives.
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Online mental health support

Services are offering alternatives through phone, text and video-based online mental health support. Read strengths and limitations of each.
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When do I need to get help for my mental health?

There are many different types of support out there to help us look after mental health. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach.