Men who Care (Foster Carers)
Being a foster carer can be tough : looking after other people’s challenging children who very often don’t want to be with you and don’t want to be in care. These four films are part of a larger series of films looking at the challenges and joys of foster caring.
The men in these films have helped look after over 150 children for more than 40 years and all agree that the most important quality that’s needed is LOVE. We are delighted to showcase the films as part of our Men who Care series.
Follow this link to watch the films … Men who Care.
Film project update
We’ve been busy supporting young people and parents who are developing films about a range of issues relating to our Boys in Mind aims. Work is underway at Ralph Allen School, St Michael’s Junior School, Paulton Junior School and Tanner’s Walk Community in Twerton . The themes being explored in the films are “What helps ? “ “The importance of friendship” “ What parents do to help “ and “The importance of community”. They will be posted on the website as soon as they’re finished and we’ll alert you to any new films via our future news pages.
Follow this link to see our film library
Q & A: Nathan Gale
In this month’s Q& A we talk to Nathan Gale about the Rose Cottage Hub in Bath and the need for community spirit and the practical and emotional support it can provide. Working in a deprived part of Bath, Nathan talks about his own life experiences and how working in a community environment helped him to take control of his life while also helping others. Thanks to the efforts of Nathan and others, the Rose Cottage Hub has evolved into a significant community enterprise with a café, a foodbank and outreach projects.
Follow the link to read the full interview.
A group of Year 6 boys at Cameley School (the Cameley Legends) have made a film about a series of activities and events they were involved in to develop a resource for the school and at the same time develop their own confidence and team spirit.
With the support and encouragement of their teachers and other members of the school community , the boys decided to design a new school library and fund-raise to decorate it and source new books . They are very proud of their achievements and had great fun too.
Follow this link to see their film
Follow this link to meet the Cameley Legends
Using our films in schools
We’d like as many people as possible to watch and share our films. Schools are obviously a good place to start.
Our youth advisors have come up with some ideas about how they can be used: in assemblies, as part of wellbeing events, to start off discussion amongst students and staff. They have also provided some trigger questions to prompt discussions in PSHE lessons or tutor time.
See here for further information.
Suicide prevention training
We recommend the Zero Suicide Alliance on-line training :-
It’s a simple but effective training video that combines facts about suicide with stories of real people who have experienced the impact of it on their lives. It also provides advice on how to speak to someone with suicidal thoughts and real life scenarios to give the skills to be able to deal with difficult conversations with loved ones, friends or colleagues.
It’s for everyone – not just for clinicians, nurses or other healthcare workers. It isn’t just for those with history of mental health issues, either. It’s for everyone because each and every one of us will know someone who may have problems mounting up and who may need help.
It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and is supported and endorsed by lots of reputable national organisations . It also features Jonny Benjamin, who was in our original film “ A Letter to my Younger Self”
For Further Information see
New team members
We are delighted to announce the arrival of 2 new members in our team : Marsha who runs Mighty Girls in Wiltshire and Lizzie, our new Youth Advisor, who is a member of the CAMHS Young People’s Participation Team. Their wealth of experience will help support the “Girls Mind Too” aspects of our work.
Boys in Mind - Web update
We launched the BiM website back in January as a means to support and highlight the Boys in Mind strategy and since then we’ve been overwhelmed with the responses. In all, we’ve received over 22,000 page visits, with the site gaining momentum every month and now averaging around 2,500 visits each month. And, with the addition of our News and Blog pages we expect to see visitor numbers to continue to rise in 2020. It’s no surprise that the majority of our visitors are in the South West of England, but we’re also seeing visitors from around the UK as well as a lot of international visitors to the site, with the US providing the largest number of international visitors followed by France and Germany.
After the home page, our films page is the most popular destination for most visitors, attracting a quarter of all of our site visits but the news and blog pages are attracting a lot of interest so, watch this space in the New Year for further updates.
The Talk Club is a nationwide initiative created to get men chatting about tough times and the things happening in their lives. Designed to promote mental wellbeing amongst men, the initiative aims to break down the stigma about guys opening up and talking about what they’re going through. Although this is a talking group and not a therapy group, the benefits of just talking things through in a supportive environment are well recognised.
With over a dozen Talk Club groups already operating around the country it’s now coming to Bath with the first meeting from 6pm – 8pm on Friday 13th December at the Guild Hall. This will be followed by more meetings in the New Year.
Following the introduction of our blogs page last month, we’re pleased to bring you the latest blogs in our series. This month we are featuring contributions from Levi and Michael who are exploring the themes of vulnerability and self-compassion amongst others.
Follow this link to go to our Blog pages.