BiM challenges sexism
Boys In Mind/Girls Mind Too’s latest film, Challenging Sexism, aims to discuss what young men can do to address sexism. We ask why does sexism happen, how can men confront sexism and can a man be a feminist?
We hope to inspire young men as well as showcase what healthy positive interaction looks like, instead of emphasising what unhealthy looks like. Reinforced by the powerful testimony of several young women, this film examines how we can confront sexism, what men can do to make women feel safe and how we can achieve gender equality.
Our Youth Advisor Will, who contributed to the film, said:
“This film was difficult for me to work out what I wanted to say, as I didn’t want to get it wrong, but I truly believe that by us as men realising we are born with an inherent privilege, and by using that to fight for equality alongside women, we can make steps towards a more equal society. I really hope it opens up conversations surrounding sexism, and helps people to take that one step closer to equality for people of all gender identities.”
Challenging Sexism is now available to watch on our Film page, click here or on the image above.
Contribute now to help research into Male Suicide
Male suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in Britain and according to the Samaritan’s three-quarters of all suicides in 2018 were male. Researcher Susie Bennett from Glasgow University is conducting research to build greater understanding of male suicide risks and recovery factors. She is looking for men, or people who identify as male, aged 18 and over to complete a short survey to help improve understanding around male suicide risk. Participants will answer a series of questions about different topics, including childhood, emotions, mental pain and suicide. The survey takes about 25 minutes. Even if you have never had suicidal thoughts or feelings, your answers will help provide vital insight. For more information or to take part in this valuable research click on the following link – Glasgow University Research. Your answers will make a really valuable contribution to this important research, so please help if you can.
Community really matters
Boys in Mind were contacted recently by Michelle Ebbage, the soon to be manager of Bath’s newest charity shop called Community Matters, which will be opening in May on Chelsea Road. Michelle explained that the shop would be selling good quality second hand clothes and household items with all of their profits going to a different local charitable organisation each year… and we’re delighted to announce that this year, all of their profits will go to Boys in Mind! We’ll keep you updated with further information as we get it, but before then, we’d like to thank Community Matters for choosing Boys in Mind, we depend on donations and fund-raising efforts and every penny counts. So, if you’re having a clear-out or have any good quality unwanted items, please take them along to Community Matters in Chelsea Road as a way of supporting our continued our work.
Be heard and make a difference
The Children’s Commission for England is launching a once-in-a-generation review of children’s lives. At its heart is ‘The Big Ask’ – the largest ever consultation held with children. The Big Ask is a survey for children and young people to share what they think is important for their future and what is holding young people back. This is your chance to have your say on the things that matter to you – adults can take part too! It’s an opportunity for every child in England to have their voice heard. Just click on this link to find out more and take part.
Later this summer Boys in Mind will continue its fund-raising efforts with an online Auction of Promises. The date is yet to be confirmed, but we’re hoping that we can arrange it before the schools break up. We’re in the process of putting together a list of promises that we can auction off on the night to raise money for Boys in Mind. Some very interesting have been pledged already, but we still need more! So we’re asking for your help. If you have a skill or a talent, or simply just some time on your hands, why not get involved and let us auction you off. No Promise is too small, promises could include a promise to make someone a home-made cake, or to do few hours housework, some gardening, or painting Alternatively if you have any particular skills or talents you could offer that, a few hours of language or music lessons, a haircut, make-over etc. We’ve all got something to offer and all offers are greatly appreciated, plus it’s a great way to get involved for a good cause. We’re also particularly keen to hear from local businesses who would be prepared to offer goods and services that we could include in the auction. So, put your thinking caps on and get creative! Also keep an eye on future news pages and social media where we’ll update you on the promises that we’ve received along with any other information as details are confirmed. If you can help, would like to know more or have anything you’d like to promise, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
"Solution focussed" with BiM
Solution Focus is a really effective way of examining desired changes, finding what is already working in a person’s life and doing more of it. As an organisation, we are committed to using Solution Focused Approaches in all of our work so we were really thrilled that team members, Tara and Will, offered a free interactive session called “Using Solution Focus in Everyday Conversations” to help people use Solution Focus techniques in their daily lives. The session was fun and informative. A big thanks to Tara and Will for organising the event! If you would like to be kept up-to-date with future events like this, please sign up to our mailing list using this link boysinmind.co.uk/contact-us/ or email us at email@example.com”
April's role-model Dr Andrew Reeves
Our latest Q&A with strong male role models met Dr. Andrew Reeves, a social worker, counsellor and professor. He told us that even though he’s worked as a therapist and mental health researcher for over 30 years, he still isn’t free from the pressures that can cause men to bottle up how they’re feeling. Having set up mental health services aimed at boys and young men, he discussed ways that services can adapt to better reach out to people who might not feel comfortable about talking therapies. He also told us that his experiences as volunteer for the Samaritans not only helped him to develop his skills and confidence but also helped him understand his own feelings more clearly. Read his fascinating story here.
News from Northern Ireland
Boys in Mind and Beechen Cliff School have forged links with the Lighthouse Charity in Belfast and St Malachy’s College, an all-boys school in North Belfast, to share our Whole School Approach. Lighthouse is an organisation committed to the prevention of suicide and self-harm, the promotion of positive mental health and the provision of support services to families who have been bereaved due to suicide. Gary from the organisation is training young men at the school to provide emotional support to younger students and we are looking at ways of working more closely.
Fundraising like champs
Our Primary Champions, Finn and Jackson both aged 10 and they have been using their “Lockdown” time to help set a series of challenges designed to help keep young minds happy and healthy. Their challenges have included creative play, creating healthy recipes and a “Happy Jar” – see July 20 News. But now they’ve set their sights on fundraising and so we hand over to Finn and Jackson to tell us more…
“Hi, we are Finn and Jackson, both aged 10. On Saturday 22nd May, we will do a 10 mile ‘Walk and Talk’ to raise awareness and fundraise for Boys In Mind/Girls Mind Too.
We are Primary Champions for Boys in Mind and have both worked with them for over 3 years, making films, fundraising, helping to plan conferences, speaking in assemblies amongst other roles. We became friends through our work with Boys in Mind.
We chose 10 miles as it is a big challenge and we are also both 10. We chose to walk and talk to raise awareness of how important it is to talk about how you are feeling and how good exercise is for your mental health.
Please help us to make a difference by sponsoring us!
Thanks, Finn and Jacks :)”
We’ll let you know how they get on with their walk in our next news update and also on our social media platforms, but if you’d like to help by donating to a good cause, why not head over to out JustGiving page by clicking the link.
Training for Bath Spa Students
Kate and Richard from the BiM team delivered Mental Health and Wellbeing training to over 40 soon-to-be teachers studying for their PGCE at Bath Spa University in April. Promoting Boys in Mind’s “Youth-led” approach, the students were introduced to the vast array of resources available through the Boys in Mind website, which includes an extensive film library along with podcasts, blogs and a range of other resources. The session was very well received with some of the students even recognising children featured in our films from their recent work placements in local primary schools! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about “Whole School Approach” training and presentations.
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