Child in Mind

Child in Mind recognises the importance of raising awareness of mental health amongst young people in schools. It is an initiative that provides education on championing mental health and wellbeing through open discussion and collaboration.

 

Becoming a young carer changed my life and I found myself on an emotional roller-coaster. As I grew older it became more and more apparent to me that there was a real need for open discussion amongst young people around issues that they are facing and the psychological impact it can have on their mental wellbeing. Working in schools with young people and teachers will help breakdown mental health stigma.

We work with both students and teachers on creating change-makers that will help shape the future for young people where open discussion on emotions and feelings has acceptance.  Our workshops cover a range of thought provoking topics including migration, disability and being a young carer and the impact this has on our mental health and well-being.

‘We are proud to be working with Manisha Tailor MBE and have the support of The FA on this flagship programme which focuses on developing champions of character who aim to be champions of change – changing attitudes towards living with mental health issues. Utilising the medium of football the young men from Reading School are passionate about being advocates and ambassadors for tackling mental health. The key message is that it is good to talk and important to listen. We need to listen to young people and act to support them.’

Ashley Robson Headmaster Reading School

‘We aim to remove the stigma around mental health problems in young people. Sport is universal and a great medium for change in attitude about universal health problems that many people experience. All around the country, sport is an outlet for stress relief and expression so if we can harness sport’s power then we can change the game’.

Champions of Character student body