Time: 30 minutes.

Learning objectives:

  • to explore a model for mental health and well-being
  • to develop a series of actions for our own mental health and well-being.

Core skills:

  • creativity and imagination
  • communication and collaboration.

Well-being is about being healthy and happy. Mental health is often linked to mental illness and disorders, but it can be seen having a positive mental outlook with the ability to take control over life’s challenges.

Instructions for pupils

The Medicine Wheel ©

British Council/Teresa Robertson

Think about the actions you could use to develop your own Medicine Wheel. 

This could include ensuring you have more positive than negative thoughts, thinking before you act, sharing any worries with others to not feel alone. 

The 'Doing' segment could mean going for a walk, playing a sport, making something with your hands. 

'Feeling' could mean sharing an emotion with somebody else, imagining what it is like to feel how someone else is feeling, listening to music that makes you feel good. 

'Believing' could be going for a walk and observing nature, going somewhere which makes you feel special, looking up at the sky on a dark night and enjoying the universe.

Draw your own version of the Medicine Wheel with the 'Learning Self' at the centre and the other four sections.

Write your actions on the wheel. You may like to share these with others.

After a week or so, reflect on how well you are keeping them in balance.

Teacher well-being

Consider completing your own Medicine Wheel, alone or with other colleagues.

You could have a display of Medicine Wheels in the staffroom that you reflect on at the end of each week. You may also want to share your Medicine Wheel with your international partner teacher.