Guest Speakers at a Talking Teens Parenting Programme
Boys in Mind (BiM) team member Joan and Youth Advisor Eli were invited as guest speakers at a Talking Teens Parenting Programme run by the Connecting Families Team at Bath and North East Somerset Council. The parenting course is for both parents and young people. It is a space to explore relationships and tools for both parents and young people to manage behaviours in the home.
The course was run virtually due to the national restrictions. Joan introduced BiM and shared the BiM website with the parents’ group, focusing on the Family, Friends & Carers pages, including the top tips for how parents/carers can help and support if their child or young person is experiencing mental health difficulties. Joan also gave a whistle stop tour of the website, including the film and blog pages.
Eli spoke to the parents’ group about why he became involved as a Youth Advisor and shared his story and how he was supported through difficult times.
The feedback after the session was very positive, with all parents saying they wanted to look through the website with their own young people. One participant on the course was so impressed with the work that BiM has achieved and asked if she could fundraise for us by doing a sponsored run with BiM as her charity, which of course we were very grateful and delighted with her support.
Joan and Eli have now been booked on the course in March with the parent group and as guest speakers with the young persons’ group.
In Conversation with Boys in Mind
We are really happy to launch a new podcast series called “In Conversation…”. Each month our youth advisors and other guests will discuss different aspects of mental health with a focus on what helps when you are struggling and how we can all support each other.
“When you are having a really tough moment, resilience is being able to put one foot in front of the other and keep going” – Otto
This month’s theme is resilience. Our youth advisors Levi and Otto talk about what it means to be resilient and how we can develop it. They also discuss times when they have struggled and talk about how showing your vulnerability to people you trust can help them to support you. You can subscribe and listen on our new Spotify channel or listen here on the Boys in Mind website.
We will expand to other podcast platforms so keep an eye on our social media channels for updates. We will also share each month’s theme prior to recording to give listeners an opportunity to send us any related questions that they have. If you have a suggestion for a theme that we could cover, please get in touch either via social media or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GTTT2 Update - coping with Lockdown!
Our Getting Through This Together project aims to provide a platform for young people to share what helps them to keep mentally and physically active during lockdown. We’ve shared some excellent films full of tips and advice from young people on our social media channels ranging from DJing to home workouts to sand trays. Children and teachers at Paulton Junior School all worked together to produce a film full of tips from the whole school! You can find all of the films on our Facebook videos page or on our YouTube channel.
We would love to hear from you about how you are coping with the latest lockdown. You can get in touch by messaging us on social media or emailing email@example.com if you would be interested in making a film!
Young People's National Mental Health Conference
Youth Advisor Will recently spoke at the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Summit, delivering the keynote address with Clare Stafford (CEO of Charlie Waller Trust; Vice-Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition) and Sir Norman Lamb (Chair, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition). He talked about the work of Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too, and showcased the amazing films that have been developed, specifically the Paulton Junior School Getting Through This Together film, which received very positive feedback from delegates watching. He also touched heavily on shifting mental health practice to being more youth led and on the link between equality and mental health. Delegates seemed inspired by BiM/GMT’s unique approach and activities.
Q&A with Role Model Marvin Richardson-Grubb
Our Role Models Q&A met up with Marvin Richardson-Grubb, a teacher at Mendip Studio School. He told us how racism blighted his childhood and left him in a constant state of fear which severely impacted his ability to focus on schoolwork. He shared how returning to education as an adult had helped him to escape poverty and find the job that he feels he was meant to be doing and he discussed his hopes for a post-pandemic world. You can read his powerful story here.
Welton School Red Carpet
Children at Welton Primary School made and produced a film in partnership with Boys in Mind that asks the question “What Makes a Happy School?”. In the film pupils and staff talk about what makes Welton such a happy place and discuss how their OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) project contributes to an environment where everyone is working together to achieve their best. The Boys in Mind team were really pleased to be invited to a Zoom assembly for the launch of the film hosted by headteacher, Mr Snell. The sound of a whole school of children unmuting their microphones and shouting “goodbye” to each other is one that our ears will not soon forget! You can watch the 3-minute film here.
Mental Health at Elmfield School
Students and staff at Elmfield School for Deaf Young People in Bristol have made a film about what to do and how to get help when they or a friend is struggling.
Klaudiusz, Marcel, Harry, Oscar and Hanna, who are students at the school took lead roles in the development of this unique film project and have contributed to a brilliant piece of work with messages that apply to us all. “Research tells us that deaf young people and adults suffer higher levels of mental health problems than hearing young people and adults” said Elmfield Deputy Headteacher Michael Dennington, “I feel it is really important that as a school supporting deaf students that we do everything we can to encourage good mental health. This is not simply about support but encouraging independence and resilience for each individual. The wonderful thing about this film is that it represents what students know works for them in managing the challenges young deaf people face. I am enormously proud of the finished product as it demonstrates the thoughtful, resourceful and resilient approach to life that our students take”.
Our Youth Advisor Gabe described the background to the film: “I was very pleased to meet Klaudiusz, Marcel and Oscar at a conference Boys in Mind attended in 2019 where we talked about the possibility of making a film to demonstrate the importance of talking about your emotions. At Boys in Mind we are always striving to make our work as inclusive and accessible as possible, and it is great to see everyone who featured in this film sharing such universally important messages”. Watch the 6-minute film here.
Race Equality in Schools Film Launch
Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too, Black Families Education Support Group & B&NES Council have been working in partnership with young people in B&NES secondary schools to create a film in response to the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The film is made by young people and showcases the projects they have been working on to tackle race discrimination and make their schools more inclusive for everyone. The film was premiered at a webinar hosted by Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council, and led by some of the young people who helped to run the project or who took part in the film.
Lucia, Youth Advisor at Boys in Mind & Project Lead for this film, said “I wanted to make the film as I believe that often people too quickly jump to talk about the negatives when it comes to racism. This film is a positive one showing some young individuals within schools who want to help to make a change. I wanted to do this to show the change from when I was growing up in schools in Bath, I truly believe that the younger generation are the change paving towards a more inclusive and accepting future”. Watch the full 7-minute film here.
A BiM Welcome to Sarah
The Boys in Mind team are delighted to welcome a new face as we are joined by Sarah Quarren-Evans (she/her).
“I’m part of the communications team at BIM. My commitment to young people’s mental health stemmed from my work in the pastoral team of a large boys’ school. Here I was privileged to work with boys and their families to help them find solutions to their problems.
I am a trained Mentor and have been mentoring young people for a couple of years. I’m currently halfway through a 4-year course studying to be a counsellor.
I first heard about BIM when they visited the school where I worked, so I’ve got first-hand experience of the difference BIM can make to the life of a young person who is struggling. It’s great to be on the team and I wholeheartedly support BIM’s youth led philosophy.”
Bath Half - Run for Boys in Mind
Calling all runners! We are now recruiting people to run the Bath Half Marathon for us on September 5th. Last year our runners raised an astounding £4,356. Can you help us to do even better in 2021? We still have a couple of spaces available from those allocated to us by the race organisers so if you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have already signed up for the race and are looking for a cause to support, we are always grateful for any support we receive! You can join our team on JustGiving clicking here.