The power of words
An opportunity for young people to share their thoughts, opinions and experiences.
Anxiety for Tragedies That Almost Were Early this year, I almost lost my Father. I’m sure many of us are no stranger to medical emergencies, and thanks to our fantastic National Health Service, they often have happy endings. Sometimes they even become anecdotes, stories to share over drinks. But at the moment there’s rarely
We’re not just making films. We’re making connections. For me, a lot of my mental health issues come from feeling alone, disconnected from others, unseen and unvalued. When I connect with others and when we’re working together to create something then I feel seen and valuable. This is what the Boys In Mind film
Toxic Positivity This past month saw the dreaded return of a national lockdown. Dreaded not just because of the loss of freedoms it represents, but also its morbid reminder of the ongoing threat of an international pandemic. To be fearful, disappointed, or frustrated with these developments is a natural reaction and to be honest,
Talking through our problems. I’m Jackson and I’m a Primary Champion in Year 6 at Paulton Junior School. At PJS our teachers support us by encouraging us to talk through our problems and making sure they are resolved. Teachers also plan lessons to teach us about mental health and wellbeing and where we can
Where the Magic happens… I’m Finn and I’m in year 5 at Swainswick Primary School and I’m a Primary Champion for Boys in Mind. I’m writing about what the staff at my school do to support the children and help us feel happy and safe. My school is a place where magic happens and
Mum, why can’t I be like the other pretty girls? Afro hair in a white society In today’s society we are obsessed with the media’s beauty ideals and we are driven to compete with our peers to have the best skin, longest hair and prettiest faces. From a young age the idea that my
Kate Murphy and Boys in Mind Kate Murphy came to Bath in 1976, and lives with her partner Mike in Lower Camden. Local Look chatted to Kate about what she’s doing in lockdown and about the charitable organisation Boys in Mind which she set up 3 years ago with colleagues from Public Health and
Levi’s Blog – Gaming and Mental Health In a post Covid-19 world, we’ve all had to adjust to slightly altered social routines. After a few months of lockdown, even we introverts are starting to miss quality time with friends and family. With everyone seeking alternative ways to connect, services such as Facetime, WhatsApp and
John’s blog Getting Through This Together “We’ll Be With You” The song title of this short piece is in fact the club anthem sung loudly by Stoke City football fans as the teams emerge from the tunnel before the start of each home game. If you are wondering why this is particularly appropriate in
Levi – Cooking with Confidence With all of us locked up these last couple of weeks, we’ve found ourselves looking for something to do. I’ve turned to a long running hobby of mine, home cooking. Thanks to my parents I’ve been cooking since I was a child, and while I’m no professional chef, I
Hope and altruism in 2020 Scientists say they have proved that doing good things for no personal gain can have an evolutionary advantage in the long run. Whether or not these findings are true, I have certainly become more aware of an increase in selflessness and genuine concern for the wellbeing of others in
Eli’s blog April 21st 2018 was the without question one of the hardest days in my life. Losing a very close friend who was more like a brother, Charlie was just seventeen years old. I was out in a club with Charlie laughing, dancing and just having a great time all round. I woke
Emma & Maddie’s Blog As young women, we have grown up alongside boys struggling in a society filled with unrealistic, harmful ideals of what it means to be a man. Mental health issues in young people is a growing problem in our society, but why is the situation so much worse for men? Why
Wil’s Blog At the time of writing this I am 17 years old and roughly half-way through my second year of sixth-form. Earlier this year, just before the summer holidays, I entered an emotionally abusive and manipulative relationship that lasted 4 months. At the time, I was oblivious as to what was happening, but
Self compassion I’ve had a very hard time starting this blog. I’ve written and rewritten the opening paragraph maybe half a dozen times now, and nothing seems to come across right. We’ve all stared blankly at a screen or page wondering where to start, or how to continue, or even just how to finish
Managing my mental health as a man in the 21st century If you told me five years ago that I’d be sitting here, writing for a charity like Boys in Mind about my mental health I would have laughed at you. Not because I thought mental health was unimportant. I was just ignorant to
Henry’s blog The Pit So this is a chance to reflect a little. I am an autistic man, currently living in supported accommodation. At the time I write this I’m feeling good. As I type a sense of relief slowly makes itself present ; every word contains a measure of my stress and anxiety.
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