October News

Shine a Light on Mental Health

Some of the participants at the event in Bath Abbey
The lantern procession from Victoria Park
Alex tells his story

Young people from Boys in Mind spoke at a moving event called “Shine a Light on Mental Health” on World Mental Health Day on October 10th , organised by Bath Mind. The event at Bath Abbey followed a beautiful lantern procession involving children, young people, parents , education & health professionals . Eil (Leicester University, ex Wellsway) , Alex  (Beechen Cliff) and Emma  (Ralph Allen) spoke movingly about challenges they have faced  and what has helped them , including feeling OK to talk about mental health .

“The Shine a Light event for me was both uplifting and rewarding . It’s events like these that make me extremely proud to be part of the Boys in Mind team” (Eli)

“Shine a Light on Mental Health was a special event that I found very moving . Everyone was so welcoming and made me feel comfortable to speak publicly about my mental health for the first time . I was so proud to be part of an event that gave such an important message about raising awareness of mental health to people of all ages “ (Emma)

“It was a fantastic evening. In the lantern procession and the abbey there was such a great atmosphere; I’m really happy to see so many people coming forward to support this cause” (Alex)

Cameley Boys’ Mental Health Mural

A group of boys from Cameley Primary School  have developed a  giant wall mural  to promote awareness of boys’ mental health in the school and wider community.   

“Mental health is really important no matter what age you are. We wanted to tell people it’s ok to speak out and tell people if you’re not feeling good about yourself” commented one of the boys, Teddy Waite

The seven boys funded their project themselves through a series of fundraising initiatives throughout the year.  The money enabled them to collaborate with Bristol artist, Sophie Rae, to design the mural with all the ideas for the artwork coming directly from the boys themselves .  The painting took a total of three days using a mix of spray paint and specialist outdoor paint.

Blogs

We’re always keen to make the Boys in Mind website as interesting and relevant as possible and a blog page is the latest improvement to the site. Our first two blogs on the page are from Henry and Gabe, who are both Youth Advisors and have been involved with Boys in Mind for some time. Their blogs are very different, reflecting different life experiences, but they’re both equally compelling and powerful and well worth a read.

We’ll be adding new blogs every month covering a range of topics but all covering topics around the issue of mental health in young people.

Click here to go to blog page.

To find out more or to submit a blog contact Henry at blogs@boysinmind.co.uk

New Films

This month, we’re pleased to announce the addition of new films to our film library.

Importance of play
Boys from Paulton Junior School have made a series of films about the importance of outdoor play on boys’ (and girls’)  learning behaviour and wellbeing. They decided on the questions, did the filming , interviewed the head and PSHE lead and helped with the editing process.

Click here to to play film.

Men who care
Young people have told us they want to see a more positive portrayal of boys and men. We are making a series of films called “Men who care” featuring men in caring roles.

See our first film here  

Gareth Thomas

Many of you will have heard of Gareth Thomas , the famous ex rugby player who came out as gay in 2009. More recently he has revealed that he is HIV positive and in the BBC film below he describes his thoughts and feelings about this disclosure and why he feels it’s important to speak out . We at Boys in Mind think he’s a great role model, not just for challenging the stigma around HIV, but also for showing his vulnerability alongside  his strength in completing the Wales Ironman.
www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0008yrh/gareth-thomas-hiv-and-me
Please note the film contains strong language

Sponsored Walk

Teams from Newbridge Primary, Twerton Infants and BIM completed a sponsored canal walk on Saturday 19th October to raise awareness of our work. Blessed with a sunny day, the teams walked 12.2 miles from Widcombe Social Club to Dundas Aqueduct and back, with a special mention for Twerton Head Teacher, George Samios, who ran the entire distance. The weary-legged walkers (and one runner) have brilliantly raised £925 so far.

“I’m doing the walk to raise awareness of Boys in Mind so that boys can share their emotions equally like other genders” Abdul, Year 6, Newbridge E Team
 
“The walk is good because we’re raising money for Boys in Mind and it’s good for our wellbeing – getting out and being calm” Sam, Year 5, Newbridge E Team. 
 

Boys in Mind Youth Advisors

We now have 7 Youth Advisors, Eli, Henry, Levi, Gabe, Alex Charlie and Lizzie. An integral part of the team our Youth Advisors are at the forefront of the Boys in Mind strategy. They take a  lead on engagement with schools, fund-raising, developing blogs and podcasts, community outreach and ensure that our vision, mission and values are enacted. Keep an eye on our news pages for regular news and updates from the Boys in Mind team.

Bath Half Marathon 2020

We are delighted that we will have a team of 11 people running for Boys in Mind at the Bath Half next March.

Sam, Jesse, George, Jake, Jim, Anne and Tara are already starting to train in order to be ready for the big day. Another 4 runners have told us they are also going to run for us, which is wonderful news! 

We are delighted that so many people want to run for Boys in Mind and that they are prepared to train for the next 5 months to do us proud. Sam is making his job even harder by running in full police body armour!

If you would like to sponsor any of this wonderful running team, please head over to our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/team/BIMBathHalf2020 

Donate either to a specific runner, or to the team as a whole!

Good luck runners!

Boys in Mind Meets...

This month sees the launch of yet another new section of the Boys in Mind website with the addition of a Q&A section called Boys in Mind meets… Each month we’ll introduce someone from the local community.

We start this new series with an interview with Mark De-Lisser, a Community Support Play Worker with the Bath Area Play Project who talks about the importance of mentoring for young people as well as the need to have supportive friends and family.

Follow the link below to read Mark’s interview and we’ll be adding more interviews in the future.

Click here for Mark’s Q & A 

Community Support Play Worker Mark De Lisser
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