Thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group, September 2019 will see the launch of our new young people’s programme, Bloom. The programme is designed to work closely with young people and teachers across the UK. Bloom will provide people aged 14-18 with knowledge and tools to manage their own mental health through life transitions.

Supporting young people

50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24 [1]. We know there is a growing need for support for young people. 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.

Bloom has been developed out of rigorous research in all four nations about how to best provide young people with resilience and character-building skills. It is what young people have told us they want and need.

[1] The Mental Health Foundation

The Outcome

Bloom is carried out in an education setting over the course of six weeks and is delivered through scenario-based workshops, giving young people the opportunity to explore key ideas and develop resilience tools.

Six sessions will be co-delivered by Mental Health UK and dedicated teachers. Training will be provided for teachers to increase the impact of Bloom across their school and ensure the legacy of the programme. We will stay in contact with the schools after the training is complete for support beyond the life of the six-week programme.

The programme also offers:

  • Teaching and learning resources and guidance
  • One-day resilience workshop for wider students in the school (optional)
  • Access to a digital platform, providing out-of-hours information and resources

Topics covered

  • Resilience

  • Exam pressure

  • Friendships (bullying, conflict)

  • Managing stress

  • Social pressures

  • Work-life balance

  • Decisions about the future

The Impact

Launching in September 2019, the programme will reach over 100,000 young people across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through workshop delivery and broader access to our digital platform.

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

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