Spring 22 News

Spring 2022 News

Northern Ireland

In Memory of Carl
Carl's friends Conor, Ryan and Donal talk to the BBC about their friend.
Andrew and Will from Boys in Mind

As part of our continued partnership with The Lighthouse Charity in Northern Ireland, we launched the film “In memory of Carl”, back in March to a packed audience. We were fortunate to be able to send Andrew and Will from Boys in Mind to be at the film’s Belfast premier which was attended by over three hundred people, including local and national politicians. This incredibly moving film centres around Carl, a young man from Belfast who at the age of 16, took his own life. In the film, some of his friends discuss the impact of his death on them and how the community have taken positive steps in response to this tragedy. This powerful film is available to watch on our film page along with In Memory of Lewis and In Memory of Erne, two other films make as part of the Northern Ireland project.

More of our film releases

Kenny and William starting a conversation

“How to Start a Conversation”  

Finn, Jackson and William talk to their dads / step-dads about how to start a conversation when you need some help or when you notice a friend in need. Aimed at Key Stage 2 and 3 students, the film has been sent to all local primary and secondary schools as a resource for both teachers and students. It’s also available via our film page just click the link – How to Start a Conversation.

Equalities at Beechen Cliff

Students and staff, from Beechen Cliff School in Bath, discuss the importance of Equalities and Respect and the measures being taken by the school to ensure that everyone feels safe and included . Click the link to watch now – Equality at Beechen Cliff

Helping in Henry's name

The Biggs family – Helen, Poppy, Henry and Ian

In February 2022, another young man, Henry Biggs, tragically took his own life. Although on the outside Henry seemed to be okay, he clearly felt unable to confide in his family and friends about his mental health struggles.

In response to this terrible event, Henry’s family chose to channel their grief and energy into positive actions. As Henry felt unable to share his struggles with his family and friends they chose to raise money for Boys in Mind and the Samaritans to help other boys and young men to feel able to speak about their mental and emotional health. Henry’s sister Poppy has been the driving force in their efforts and since starting her Just Giving page with the modest target of just £500, Poppy’s total is now approaching £3,500. We’d like to thank Poppy and all of the Biggs family and their friends for all of their fund raising efforts and will continue to encourage boys and young men to speak out about their emotions and mental health. To find out more, click Poppy’s story or here to go straight to her JustGiving page

Walking the Walk

We would also like to thank another fund-raiser for BiM, 17 year old Maisie Darby-Jones who has just raised over £2,500 walking the Machu Picchu trail of the Incas in Peru. Motivated by the loss of of two of her friends who took their own lives, Maisie, who has three brothers of her own, wanted to raise money for causes like Boys in Mind who empower boys and young men to talk about their emotions in a safe and healthy manner. To find out more about Maisie’s fund-raiser or to donate, please follow the link to go to Maisie’s Just Giving page.

On the Machu Picchu trail of the Incas

Training Day at Norton Hill

Jackson with staff and Norton Hill School

This month, as part of our ongoing programme of working with schools, BiM Youth Advisors Jackson, Levi and Will were in Midsomer Norton (just outside Bath) to run a training session with the staff of Norton Hill and Somervale schools. Together the schools have over 2,000 students aged 11- 18 and are very keen to learn about the work that BiM has been doing with boys and young men that can help reduce the stigma about mental health issues in young people.

As well as sharing films and stories about their own personal involvements with BiM, Jackson, Levi and Will invited the staff to notice what the school was doing well already to break down stigma around mental health and make sure that everyone feels supported, all across the school. Thank you to everyone who came along!

Have your say on Mental Health

In May, BiM Youth Ambassador Will was invited to join the Youth Policy Development Group (YPDG) and to chair a roundtable discussion that included government Minister for Health and Mental Health, Gillian Keegan and Dr. Alex George, UK Mental Health Ambassador. The Youth Policy Development Group was set up to amplify the voices of young people and to articulate the voices of Englands’s youth to politicians at the highest level, potentially helping to shape government policy. 

This discussion formed part of the government’s consultation in advance of publishing a 10-year Mental Health & Wellbeing plan aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing, particularly for people who experience worse outcomes than the general population. One of the common themes to come out of the meeting was the issue of engagement with men and this is a perfect opportunity to articulate exactly what barriers could currently be in the way of you accessing mental health support, and what the government can do to provide better access to help and support and also to encourage greater participation in discussions like this.

Click here or to take part in the government’s consultation survey and have your say, click here.

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