Schools Education

Mental Health & Well-Being Education for Children & Young People

Early Intervention is the Long-Term Prevention

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 education programs respond to 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 been diagnosed with a 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 childrens and adolescent mental health services.  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 equipt 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 programs 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. All programs are provided bespoke - age appropriate.

Below are the positive outcomes:

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

We hope that this inspires other schools to take strategic leadership in prioritising a whole School approach to mental health and well-being. Students need support at all levels: from their peers, families, teachers and from 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 An individual with a mental health illness may at times become isolated and withdrawn which could act as a barrier leading to them being unable to achieve their goals within their education.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 issue, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So, by enabling students to talk about mental health we can break down the stigma / stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery, and improve well-being. 

WHY TEACH ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING 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

3.    Inspire schools and services to incorporate measures that will improve children’s emotional well-being and mental health

4.    Equip teachers, parents, and pupils with the skills and knowledge to address emotional well-being and mental health needs.

We provide the following programs:

1.   Mental Health Awareness

2.   Understanding Emotions - How we sense, how we feel

3.   Worry and Anxiety workshop

4.   Mindfulness & Meditation

5.   Stamping out stigma & discrimination

6.    Hate Crime Awareness

7.   Knife Crime and violence reduction workshop

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 7-18 years old, it is activity based and tailored to the specific age group being taught. Through this we aim to raise awareness on the importance of Mental Health, well-being and resilience. Our vision is for all schools & health services to recognise positive mental health as a priority for student success.

 
 
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Mental Health Awareness

Our aim for children and young people is to provide them with skills for life, whilst working with our partner organisations to provide tailored workshops in schools.

What does the workshop teach?

  • The workshop introduces mental health as something that we all have, like physical health.
  • It encourages students to think about ways to stay well, how to seek help and support friends.
  • It also introduces common myths around mental health, and the stigma and discrimination people experience as a result.  
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Understanding Emotions - How to sense, how we feel...

Social Emotional learning is the acquisition of core competencies including the ability to recognise and regulate one’s own emotions, set and achieve goals, recognise the emotions and perspectives of others, constructively manage interpersonal situations including problem-solving and conflict resolution, and maintain positive relationships with others.

What does the workshop teach?

  • What are Emotions? and Why do have have them?
  • How to Sense, How we Feel
  • Responding to Emotions
  • How to recognise when we need help or support
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Violence Reduction Workshops

Our workshops on violence reduction are impactful and designed to change behaviour traits and negative mindsets, it uses advanced coaching methodologies combined with crime prevention workshops using creative, interactive and motivational strategies. We also focus on building confidence, communication skills and self-esteem, while inspiring students to engage in education, training and employment.

Our preventative education is structured to provide age appropriate sessions to students in school years 3 through to 10 (age range approx. 7 – 15).

As a community interest company, we work to benefit communities, improve public health and to reduce the impact of gangs, peer on peer abuse and both gang and group behaviour on the lives of young people, their families and the wider communities.

We take a mental health approach to learning about the psychological and physical impact on both the perpetrator and the victim of violence, including knife crime. The message is clear and simple: carrying a knife offers neither protection nor respect. NO to Knives, Yes to Lives...

We were privileged to have Clare and Rigerta from Meaningful Education 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 are lucky enough to have them back in our School in the future.
— Family Worker - Farley Junior School 9.2.18