Mental Health & Well-Being Education for Children & Young People - Early Intervention is the Long Term Prevention 

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Our vision is an education system where good mental health and well-being are at the heart of the culture and ethos of all education as a priority for student success.

Our courses support Theresa May’s pledge to provide more support for children and young people with mental health issues. More than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder and half of all life time cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. However, just the 7% of the total mental health budget is allocated to child and adolescent mental health services.

Many mental health illnesses are treatable, and an individual can fully recover if the right awareness, support and services are made available.It is just as important to promote positive mental health as somebody’s positive physical health. So, it is of great importance to be more aware of the current increase in diagnosis and the current needs within our own society.

“We need to equip our young people with the knowledge, confidence and skills to recognise mental health challenges in themselves and others, and how to provide appropriate support.”

Our courses will encourage positive change and provide an interactive and engaging experience for students which creates a safe, comfortable, and fun environment to feel free to express difference of opinions, choices, and emotions.  Below are the positive outcomes of the workshops:

  1. Provide an understanding of Mental Health & Well-being
  2. Understanding of the different types of Mental Illness’s
  3. Building Self-Esteem, Confidence and Motivation
  4. Building Positive Relationships
  5. How to sense, how we feel (self-reflection of emotions)
  6. Provide the skills you need to nurture your Mental Well-Being 
  7. Self Help and Guidance on where to seek help if you have a concern
  8. To break down any stigma and to know how to support friends and family affected by mental health issues
  9. Peer Support
  10. By providing training and support this will enable for a sustainable whole school approach to student and staff wellbeing. 

We hope that this inspires other schools to take strategic leadership in prioritising a whole School approach to mental wellbeing. Students need support at all levels: from their peers, from their family, from their teachers and from NHS services. An individual with a mental health illness may at times become isolated and withdrawn which could act as a barrier leading to them being unable to achieve their goals within their education. For children and young people with a mental health illness, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So, by getting students talking about mental health we can break down the stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.


WHY TEACH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELLBEING ISSUES?

We work to:

  1. Increase awareness of the importance of promoting and protecting children’s emotional well-being and good health
  2. Share advice and best practice of what works
  3. Inspire schools and services to incorporate measures that will improve children’s emotional well-being and mental health
  4. Equip teachers, adults working with children, and children and young people themselves with the skills and knowledge to address emotional well-being and mental health needs.

We provide the following workshops:

  1. Resilient Me
  2. Confident Me
  3. Mental Health Awareness
  4. Hate Crime Awareness
  5. Knife Crime Awareness
  6. Stamping out Mental Health Stigma
  7. Worry and Anxiety
  8. Understanding Emotions- how we sense, how we feel.

It is widely known that emotional and behavioural problems can be detrimental to the life chances of children and young people.
Gender differences in children and young people’s mental health have been observed and researched, and awareness of gender diversity is increasing. There is growing concern around issues such as girls' well-being and self-esteem, young male suicide, and the experiences of trans children and young people.
We offer either a classroom based workshop or an assembly information session, this is available from 30 minutes to 2 hour time slots for ages 6-18 years old, it is activity based and tailored to the specfic age group being taught. Through this we aim to raise awareness on Mental Health, well-being and resilience. Using current events and significant role models to give them a better understanding of Mental Health.  Our vision is for all schools & health services to recognise positive mental health as a priority for student success. Early intervention is the long term prevention.

"We were privileged to have Clare & Rigerta visit our school. Their sessions were amazing and very thought provoking. Their passion for helping everyone to become more aware of what mental health is and how it affects us shone through. I hope we will be lucky enough to have them back in school in the future."Farley Junior School, Family Worker, 9.2.2017