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.
Our composite film includes a selection of extracts from the Boys in Mind film project. See below to watch the full versions…
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.
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.
Finding the courage to speak
Gabe and Alex discuss the difficulty of being able to share their experiences and struggles with others and how talking about them can help.
Henry was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as a teenager. He talks about how he copes and what helps when he’s struggling.
Boys don't cry
Gabe and Alex talk about how hard it is for boys to cry and to show their vulnerability.
Hamish talks about the importance of getting help from friends and professionals
Pupils from Paulton Junior School talk about the impact of outdoor play on boys
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.
Girls in Mind
Girls from different schools and settings discuss gender stereotypes, how it’s easier for girls to get help with mental health issues, and how girls and boys can support each other.
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.
Manny and Isaac talk about the emotional support they have had from their secondary school, Ralph Allen, in Bath.
It's good to talk
Gabe talks about an assembly at Beechen Cliff school, Bath, where they shared personal testimonies of both teachers and pupils talking about their struggles with low mental health. Alex talks about the changes within the school where it is now ok to talk.
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.
Men who care
Jon reflects on the experience of becoming a parent for the first time.
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