Supporting schools to see, hear and hold children and young people's mental wellbeing

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About us

We are a Bedford based charity working in schools in the Bedfordshire area with a focus on the prevention/early intervention of children and young people's mental ill health. We offer workshops to pupils around emotional wellbeing and resilience and equip teachers with tools to promote emotional literacy and wellness. We also offer one-off parent support workshops.

We believe that through improved understanding of mental wellbeing and by offering simple and accessible tools to schools to support the emotional well being of their pupils, all school staff will be better equipped to help prevent and manage the mental health difficulties that so many children and young people are struggling with today.

Our work involves a whole school approach to embracing and implementing the tools we introduce and covers children from Nursery to Year 8 (inclusive). We provide staff inset training (day or twilight) on the importance of  mental well being on pupil's ability to access learning, the neuroscience of behaviour and the efficacy of the tools we offer. Our Lower School Emotional Literacy Programme includes four taught workshops aimed at facilitating emotional literacy, developing resilience skills and promoting children's ability to talk about their feelings. 

All our services are offered free of charge. We simply ask that schools commit to at least one full day of whole school fundraising on behalf of the charity. Not only does this provide much needed funds, it also makes mental well being a whole school issue and a whole school responsibility.  Many schools have been so excited by the accessibility of our prodicts and the impact they have had in their classrooms, that they have embraced us as their charity for the year and found many imaginative ways to support us. 

Our goal is that by providing a range of tools to help children and young people understand and communicate their difficulties, they will feel seen, heard and held by the adults in their world, and that, in so doing, we will help to address the ever increasing numbers of children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties in our schools today.

We would be delighted if you would like to join us on our journey. We have a range of ways in which you can help and support the work we are doing and we would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions of your own. Alternatively, please be in touch if you would like to know more about the services we offer.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Mind Map Team.

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