Bloom

Thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group, September 2019 will see the launch of our new 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.

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

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

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

Lloyds Banking Group colleague fundraising in 2019 is going towards Bloom. Here are some of the ways colleagues from our charity partner can get involved. For more information contact your charity partnership team.

Join the Walk the Talk movement

Sign up to take part in one of our Walk the Talk UK events, or organise your own

Run for Mental Health UK

Do your own thing!

Use our suite of resources and guidance to plan your fundraising.

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