Primary Webinar Success
We linked up with teachers at Paulton Junior School to create a fun and informative webinar on how to implement a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. The webinar examined how the whole school community can benefit and how best to involve children and young people in the approach.
Despite some of the technical hiccups that seem to have beset all of our lives during this pandemic-induced age of video meetings, the hosts spoke passionately and shared some really useful advice for anyone interested in whole school approaches. They also discussed the importance of building and keeping connections and shared some of the films from our Getting Through This Together lockdown project.
A huge thanks to Jo Chapman and Matt Grosvenor from Paulton Junior School and to Jim and Charlie from the Boys in Mind team for their excellent work. Subscribe to our Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates and news of future webinars.
We are all hoping that the Bath Half Marathon will go ahead as planned in September but our crack team of runners are ready to run virtually if needs be. One aspiring runner, Samantha Fanthorpe, was inspired after seeing our team members Joan and Eli speak at the Talking Teenagers programme we covered in last month’s news. Samantha ran the Bath Half Virtual 5k, her first running event, to funraise for Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too. She absolutely smashed her target and raised a whopping £420. A huge thank you to Sam and well done on a magnificent run!
We have a group of runners signed up for September’s Bath Half but if you are registered to run and you’re still looking for a fundraising cause, do join our team! If you aren’t running but would like to sponsor our team, you also can do so via the team page here:
Sponsoring runners to run is almost as good for you as doing the exercise for yourself! (N.b. doctors may disagree).
Still Getting Through
As we celebrate the return to limited outdoor socialising during April, it is worth noting that a lot of people are still feeling very isolated and lonely. Our Getting Through This Together lockdown project aimed to provide a place for young people to share their ideas and advice for keeping physically and mentally active during lockdown.
Perhaps less sporty but definitely much cuter, BiM youth advisor Charlie and his baby son Leo also shared their tips for keeping active. If the thought of professional rugby players has inspired you to exercise, here’s a great home workout from our youth advisor Lucia.
Latest Film Releases...
Our recent film releases have provoked some exciting developments for the future. In February we launched Starting a Conversation, a film aimed at providing advice for young people to start conversations around mental health. We shared this as a resource with universities across the country and have received very positive feedback with universities sharing the film with their students. The ideas from the young people involved might be aimed at students but provide solid advice for us all.
At the start of March, we launched our Race Equality in Schools film, made in partnership with B&NES Council and Black Families Education Support Group. We wanted to elevate young voices and highlight some of the work being done by local schools to tackle discrimination. After the film’s premiere we have been contacted by academics from local universities with a view to future collaboration on similar projects.
Students and staff at Elmfield School for Deaf Young People contributed to our film Elmfield: Boys & Mental Health in which they discussed what to do when a friend is struggling. The film is a unique piece of work and is set to feature on the BBC’s flagship programme for the deaf community, See Hear. Watch this space for more details or click here to see our film library!
In Conversation with...BiM
In February we launched our new podcast series ‘In Conversation…’. Each month our youth advisors will talk about a mental health topic, share their experiences and discuss how best to face any challenges that arise.
This month Levi, Lucia and Will tackled the issue of burnout and spoke about what they do to avoid getting to that stage and how we can support each other when we are feeling burned out. Lockdown life has been stressful for us all and there are some great ideas that everyone should find useful. Listen and subscribe via your favourite podcast platform by following this link.
BiM are Back in School
At the end of March, Henry, Kate and Will went to Monkton Combe Senior School to deliver 3 in-person workshops (the first since coming out of lockdown!) to Year 11s. They talked about their stories as well as their own personal journeys as a part of Boys in Mind/Girls Mind Too and discussed the power that youth leadership, vulnerability and self-belief can have with the students. They also shared some spoilers about our exciting plans to involve more young people in our work with schools. Watch this space for news about our future projects!
March Role Model
This month’s Role Models Q&A met up with an actual model as we spoke to Jarrakeh Cherno Jarra, a male model and content creator. As a rare example of someone who has successfully started a new career during the pandemic, he told us how he left school feeling his options were limited and ended up unemployed as a result of the first lockdown. He shared his experiences of life in the Royal Navy and explained how family tragedy left him feeling isolated and at rock bottom and that discovering his own creativity helped him recover. You can read his fascinating story here.
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