February News

Ralph Allen School Film

Students from Ralph Allen School at the Red Carpet event

It can be difficult being a secondary school student coping with school, social and family pressures so some of the students at Ralph Allen School talk to their friends about what gets them stressed, what they do about it and how they can help others. 

They also talk to two members of staff who have experienced similar issues and have found ways of coping with them.  Sky, one of the students connected with the film project, allowed us to use one of his tracks at the end of this film.

On the 11th February  we rolled out the red carpet for the launch of the film, called “What helps?”. The event took place in the Lee Centre at Ralph Allen and featured speakers from amongst the school students and our own Youth Advisors . A VIP reception was held afterwards for the film crew and their guests and the occasion was enjoyed by all. The film had been viewed 1000 times in the first 2 weeks of being launched , quickly  becoming the most popular film on our website.  Click here to see “What helps?”.

Film Projects - update

Pupils from Paulton Junior School enjoying their film-making

Films have now been completed at Ralph Allen School and Tanners Walk, Twerton. School film projects are underway at St Laurence ( Bradford on Avon), Elmfield School for Deaf Young People, Norton Hill , Twerton Infants , Welton Primary and Newbridge . Parent film projects are underway at St Stephens, Paulton Juniors and Ralph Allen.

Tanner’s Walk – A Community To Be Proud Of

Residents from Tanners Walk taking some time for a game of street cricket

This is the first community film made for Boys In Mind by a group of residents who have worked hard to make their street a happier place to live. Tanner’s Walk has not been without it’s problems, but with the help of Sporting Family Change and the Rose Cottage Community Hub, this street in Twerton has become a better place for families and children to live. Watch the film they made themselves to find out what makes their community special.

Following a warm-up game of cricket with the Sporting Family Change team, the residents of Tanners Walk were celebrated at the launch of their film at the Bath & County Club on the 6th of February. A packed audience enjoyed popcorn during the premiere, which was followed by a presentation ceremony.

Click here to watch the Tanners Walk film.

A Mother's Story

Joan is Eli’s mum. In this film she talks about the effect on her and the support she was able to give Eli when his friend, Charlie, took his own life in 2018 at the age of 17.  So often we feel we have to do something to make it better but sometimes just being there and listening is enough.  Eli made one of the first films for Boys in Mind talking about the effects of Charlie’s death on him.  You can “Eli’s film” by clicking here or watch “A mother’s story” by clicking here.

February Blogs

This month sees the addition of another two insightful and thought provoking blogs written by young people who share their differing experiences with mental health.

Will talks about the therapeutic benefits of both playing and listening to music and how it has helped him through some difficult times. While Zoe talks about living with autism and the anxiety and loneliness this can cause. 

Click here to read this months blogs.

Q & A Bruce Lawrence

Our latest Q&A caught up with Bruce Laurence, B&NES council’s Director of Public Health.His story is a fascinating addition to our Men Who Care series as he details how working as a doctor in conflicts, natural disasters, and refugee camps inspired him to want to improve health outcomes for everyone.

Click here to read Bruce’s interview

Suicide Prevention Stakeholder Event

Kate and Alex attended  this event on February 6th on behalf of Boys in Mind and were asked to give a 10 minute presentation covering how and why BiM was set up, what we do and how young people are involved.

There were around 90 people attending from a range of services and also service users. People seemed really interested in what we are doing and Clare, who helped organise it, said that she’d had lots of positive messages about our input. Alex had a queue of people at the event wanting to meet him and congratulate him . One delegate wrote

“I wanted to share how impressed I was with Alex. For someone of his age to be so composed, professional, articulate and engaging was really impressive. He has a bright future ahead of him for sure – a real credit to Boys in Mind and Beechen Cliff”

Bath Half - Update

With less than a month to go before the Bath Half marathon on March 15th, we are delighted that our 10 runners are all preparing well. Sadly one of our number had to drop out just after Christmas due to injury – we hope you recover quickly Jesse.


Happily for us, Anya has stepped in to replace Jesse – welcome aboard Anya!

There will also be a team of 10 volunteers from Boys in Mind helping out in the baggage tent on the day. By doing so, the Bath Half organisers will make a donation to us. Massive thanks to the helpers that have stepped forward to do this. We really appreciate it! 

Don’t forget! There’s still time to sponsor to our runners. For details, just click here to go to our JustGiving page.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health in the South West Conference

Daniel, Josh, Lizzie, Will and Ian, all of whom are involved in some way with Boys in Mind , took a leading role at the CYPMH in the SW Conference at Taunton Cricket Ground on February 25th , in front of an audience of  over 100 leading mental health professionals.

They were involved in a 30 minute panel discussion hosted by Gill ( CAMHS Participation Lead and a member of our BiM team) , in which they talked about the

importance of youth leadership ;  transitions ;  how mental health services could improve ;  good practice in our local schools and services ;  healthy coping strategies and  things that positively influence our wellbeing such as music, creativity and a supportive network of peers and family.

They all contributed eloquently and passionately and it was one of the highlights of the conference .

“Mental health  support should be accessible for all ages whether you’re 99 or 3 years old”  Daniel

“The full participation of young people is vital in schools, services and in their own care” Lizzie

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