Thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group, September 2019 saw the launch of our young people’s programme, Bloom. Bloom is a UK-wide programme which supports young people’s mental health resilience. Delivered in schools and colleges, Bloom equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions, both now and in the future.

We have now launched Bloom on our popular online platform Clic, enabling teachers to get support from other educators anytime, as well as being able to access all our workshops from a mobile.

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Supporting young people

At Mental Health UK, we know there is a growing need for support for young people, with most long-term mental health problems beginning in adolescence: 75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday.

Evidence shows that providing good, early preventative support in the right place at the right time can help to avoid deterioration in young people’s mental health, and equip them for the challenges of everyday life.

That’s why we created Bloom – the largest UK-wide programme for 14-18 year olds which focuses on supporting young people’s mental health resilience.

The Programme

We gathered insight from young people and teachers across the UK to build a programme which young people have told us they want and need. Bloom equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions – such as moving through school, changing friendship groups, moving to university or starting employment.

Delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as ‘social pressures’ and ‘exam stress’, Bloom will leave young people with a better understanding of mental health in themselves and others. They will also possess a suite of tools they can deploy in ways which are right for their own mental health both now and in the future.

A core part of our programme also works with teachers to build the foundational knowledge to do what they do best: securing the best outcomes for their students. Over an 8-week period, Bloom Associate Trainers work alongside teachers to support and train them in the course content and the application of our easy-to-use teaching resources.

With designated trained teachers continuing the future delivery of the programme, Bloom will affect the lives of more young people and leave behind a legacy within a school for years to come.

Topics covered include:

  • Resilience

  • Exam pressure

  • Friendships (bullying, conflict)

  • Social pressures

  • Decisions about the future

  • Managing stress

  • Work-life balance

The Impact

Launched in September 2019, the programme will reach over 500,000 young people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through workshop delivery.

In February 2020 we launched our Resource Library, a hub of tools and advice for parents, guardians, and carers to help you confidently engage in conversations about mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience.

If there had been better education and understanding at my school, I would have felt more able to talk about my battles with people. For me, education and understanding is key to helping those who are struggling.

Peter, 15

Get involved

Here are some of the ways you can get involved and support programmes like Bloom. For more information contact your charity partnership team.

Step by Step

Take steps to support your wellbeing and help us do the same for the rest of the nation. Step by Step is our walking challenge in May. Choose a date and a distance, get a team together, get sponsored and get outside! Sign up to Step by Step.

Join Clic

Our online community Clic is about connecting people, reducing isolation and creating a sense of belonging to support everyone’s mental health. Sign up to Clic for free peer on peer support and information.

Do your own thing!

Use one of our fundraising ideas or create your own to raise vital funds for those who most need our help. From virtual to outdoorsy activities, there’s something for everyone and it all makes a difference.

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