Our films

The Power of Film

Our Boys in Mind film projects enable young people to be heard and also enables those who are filming to listen. Often we can’t or don’t need to provide advice or solutions but just listen and the camera is a great way of observing and recording without interfering.  

About Boys in Mind

Who we are and what we do

Boys in Mind Youth Advisors and Primary Champions talk about our work , our approach and its impact

A Selection of Film Highlights

Our composite film includes a selection of extracts from the Boys in Mind film project. See below to watch the full versions…  

Finn & Jackson. Primary Champions

Finn and Jackson are the first two primary champions for Boys in Mind. In this film they talk about some of the things that they do.

What we do

Youth Advisors and Mental Health Ambassadors talk about their work for Boys in Mind. We are looking for more young people to get involved.

Our Most Recent Film

Carl's film launch

On 31st March 2022, Boys in Mind and Lighthouse Charity held an event in North Belfast to launch the film about Carl who died by suicide in 2020. We also featured a film about the Lighthouse mentoring programme.

Primary School Films

These films were made by primary school children and are for use in primary schools.

Combe Down Project Soothe

The children of Combe Down primary school took part in Project Soothe by choosing photographs they had taken which made them feel calm and happy.

Cameley does CLANGERS

The children at Cameley school talk about improving their mental and physical health using the acronym CLANGERS – Connect. Learn. be Active, Notice, Give Back, Eat well, Relax and Sleep.

Mindfulness - St. Stephen's School

The children at St. Stephen’s Primary School all learn Mindfulness. It teaches them to focus on the present helping them self-regulate, build self awareness and self-esteem. This film shows how Mindfulness makes them feel and helps in their everyday lives.

St Mary’s Project Soothe

Looking at photographs can make us feel calm and soothe us. The pupils and staff of St Mary’s were offered the opportunity to take a photograph of something or someone which made them happy and soothed them.

Happy and Calm Children at Twerton Infants School

A group of children talk about two of the things that help them feel happy and calm at School – the outdoor Forest School and the Thrive Programme.

Rainbow Food

Our lively gang of cooks share some tasty “rainbow recipes” for you to try and show how much fun you can have cooking and trying new ingredients. 

Welton Primary School

In this film pupils and staff talk about what makes Welton school a happy place.

Farmborough Church School

Children from Farmborough Church School Equalities Team explore gender stereotypes.

What parents do well to support their children

A group of children from Paulton School near Bath talk to family members about difficult times, and how both children and adults can be helped to get through them.

Cameley Legends

A  group of year 6 boys at Cameley School decided to design and lead a series of events that would benefit themselves  their school andtheir  community.

The Importance of Friendship

St Michael’s Junior Church School pupils and staff have made a film about the importance of friendship, exploring how boys and girls (and male and female staff) support each other .

Outdoor play

Pupils from Paulton Junior School talk about the impact of outdoor play on boys.

What does it mean to be a boy?

Daniel, Josh and Finn talk about being a boy, dealing with bullying and where they go to get support when they are feeling down.

Secondary School Films

These films are made by secondary school students covering subjects which are applicable for those at secondary school.

In Memory of Carl

In May 2020, a week after his 16th birthday, Carl took his own life.  In this film three of his friends remember him, the effect his death had on them and the positive events that have happened in Carl’s memory.

Mendip Studio School

A group of students and their teacher talk about why their school is a safe and accepting  place to be and how the school community strives for Equality and Equity.

Who Can Help?

This film was made by students from Ralph Allen School in Bath. In the film they talk about a significant male influence on their lives and the positive impact that has had on their development and mental wellbeing as young adults.

Clangers for Wellbeing

Dr. Phil Hammond says there’s good evidence that the “daily vitamins” which keep us healthy can be summarised in the acronym CLANGERS, which stands for Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax, and Sleep.  Alex, Sky and Oli talk about how they get their daily CLANGERS.

Elmfield: Boys and Mental Health

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. 

Finding Help

Harvey, Reuben and Patrick, students at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon, talk about some of the issues and challenges facing young people and the importance of asking for help.

 

 

What helps?

Students and staff at Ralph Allen School talk about what gets them stressed and who or what  helps.

 

 

 

Boys don't cry

Gabe and Alex talk about how hard it is for boys to cry and to show their vulnerability.

Community & Social Justice

Children and young people have chosen subjects that they are passionate about. The subjects are varied and these films reflect what it’s like to be a young person today.

Being LGBTQ+

A group of young people talk about their experiences of coming out and living their lives as who they want to be. They also talk about finding their identity and the people who support and validate their choices.

Untold Histories of Bath: From a Barbados Plantation to the Holburne Museum

This is the third in a series of Boys in Mind films made with young people in response to Black Lives Matter, Race Equality and the history of Bath – told and untold.

Challenging Sexism

Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on one’s sex or gender. This film aims to discuss what young men can do to address sexism. We ask the question can a man be a feminist?

Race Equality in Schools

Boys in Mind, Black Families Education Support Group & B&NES Council have been working in partnership with young people in secondary schools to explore what their schools are doing to promote race equality and challenge racism.  

Tanners Walk - A Community To Be Proud Of

The residents of Tanners Walk in Twerton, Bath, have made this film themselves about what makes their community special and the people who support them to make their street a happy place for families and children to live.

Starting a Conversation

Four young college students talk about how they have been affected by mental health issues, the things that have impacted on them and how just being able to talk to someone can have a huge impact.

Eli - Black Lives Matter

This film explores the racism and trauma experienced and observed by five young people from the Bath & North East Somerset area . They discuss the murder of George Floyd, the lasting effects of racism, the importance of the BLM movement and what they feel needs to change.

Eli's story

Eli talks about the effect on him and his friends when their good friend Charlie took his life in the last year of secondary school.

Men who Care

A series of personal portraits from older men providing positive role models for young people.

Wayne

Wayne, a therapist, talks about how, for his father, moving to the UK in the 1950’s was a duty to the ‘father country’. For Wayne living in the UK now, it’s a different story.

Jay

Dr. Jay Stewart, CEO Gendered Intelligence, talks about being a Trans man and his journey to find ‘his people’.  

Jon

Jon reflects on the experience of becoming a parent for the first time.

 

Iain

Iain and his partner have been fostering for nearly 10 years.  They have  two long term children who will be with them until they leave home.

Andy

Andy has been fostering with his wife for over 10 years.  This film is about some of the reasons why he does it.

Andrew

Andrew has been fostering with his partner Iain for nearly 10 years.  Sometimes the two boys they have can be difficult but it is still rewarding.

Richard

Richard and his wife have been fostering since the 1970’s and have looked after over 100 children.  Now in his 70’s he still finds that the young people  keep him feeling young

Dr. Jay Stewart

Dr Jay Stewart, CEO Gendered Intelligence, talks about the acceptance of his daughters and the importance of sharing his experience of being a trans man.

Family & Friends

Personal stories of those who have been affected by the suicide of a close friend or family member, providing insights into what has helped after the young person took their life.

In memory of Erne

In October 2020, a couple of weeks before her 21st birthday, Erne took her own life.  There were no warning signs and no explanation.  Erne’s sister Emer talks about her feelings of anger and devastation and what has helped her begin to come to terms with her loss.

In memory of Lewis

Six weeks into the first lockdown, Lewis took his own life. He was 17 years old. His father, Ian, talks about the effects of Lewis’s suicide on him, how to try and see the warning signs and how others can support those left behind.

A mother's story

Charlie, a close friend of Joan’s son Eli, took his own life in April 2018. He was 17. Joan talks about the effects of Charlie’s suicide on her and Eli and the support she gave her son.

Manny & Isaac

Isaac’s brother took his own life at the age of 19. Isaac and his friend Manny talk about getting support from school, family and friends and how gender can influence the support people receive.

Otto's story

Otto’s father took his own life when Otto was young and his mum died 5 years later. Through the support of friends, family and professionals he has overcome some really tough times and continues to be a popular and empathetic young man.

Resources

Films showing best practice in schools with ideas of what helps and what schools do well.

Lighthouse Mentoring Programme

Martin and Niall were part of the Lighthouse Charity’s Peer Mentoring Programme where young men are trained to go into schools and work with students to promote positive mental health.

Equality at Beechen Cliff School

Pupils and teachers at Beechen Cliff School talk about the importance of equality, and the Pledge of Respect that they have all signed.

SPACE

SPACE, is a safe place where you can be yourself and get information and support on LGBTQ+ issues.

A headteacher's view

Matt Grosvenor, Headteacher of Paulton Junior School, talks about outdoor play and learning and how it’s helped the school to be rated “Outstanding” by OFSTED

A PSHE lead's view

Jo Chapman, PSHE & Outdoor Learning Lead at Paulton Junior School, talks about the benefits of outdoor play on learning.

Schools care

Manny and Isaac talk about the emotional support they have had from their secondary school, Ralph Allen, in Bath.

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