Bloom

Bloom is the largest FREE UK-wide programme for 14–18-year-olds which focuses on supporting 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.

The programme launched in September 2019, thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group.

We have now launched Bloom on our popular online peer-to-peer support 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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Our programme

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.

During our developmental phase, 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.

How we work

Free face-to-face workshops, courses and training in
schools available in each nation of the UK.

online learning and support

Range of online training options available to suit
the varying needs of educators.

supporting schools

Our commitment to legacy – ongoing support for
participating schools and colleges

Topics we cover

What is Resilience?

Exam stress

Making decisions
about the future

Social pressures

Managing studies

Friendships

Juggling time

Bloom's impact

200,000 young people now have the tools to manage their mental health resilience

“Bloom wasn’t just mental health. It was about how to deal with exam stress and social pressure. It was about how to alter your thoughts and how that can change everything.”

Josue (18) – Leeds City College

3,000 teachers have been trained in Bloom, creating a legacy of mental health support in schools and colleges

“Bloom is a fantastic programme. All the topics covered were of massive benefit to the year 11’s. I would recommend Bloom to secondary schools across the country.”

Christian O’Hara (Year 11 Pastoral Lead) – Unsworth Academy

Meet the Bloom Team

Hannah Cox

Bloom Engagement Officer
Midlands

I have 9 years’ experience working within the charity and mental health sector delivering group and 1:1 interventions to both adults and young people. I am a passionate advocate for children and young people’s mental health and well-being and that is what has driven me to work with MHUK. I believe that all young people should be given a voice and safe space to explore and understand their thoughts and feelings and strongly believe that our Bloom programme does this.

Lauren Quigley

Bloom Engagement Officer
North of England

I have been working on Bloom since May 2021. I feel privileged to be part of such an important programme which helps young people. Having left university due to my own personal mental health struggles, I learnt to use my own experiences to support others. I previously worked on the Time to Change campaign, which was a mental health anti-stigma campaign ran by both Rethink and Mind. My skills lie in writing, communication and building strong meaningful relationships.

Sayeda Begum

Bloom Engagement Officer
London & South

I have a degree in English with Creative Writing and have mostly worked in the education sector. I am a passionate philanthropist who has worked with different charities over the past seven years. Having worked as a Learning Support Assistant in different schools, I understand how important building mental health resilience is for young people. I love my role here at MHUK as it allows me to combine my teaching experience with my charity experience to get Bloom out to as many schools as possible.

Beverley Jones

Bloom Engagement Officer
Wales

I have been working on Bloom since September 2019. Since my own burnout and the mental health struggles that accompanied that I learnt to use my own experiences to support others. I have also worked on the Time to Change Wales campaign, which is a mental health anti-stigma campaign, sharing my story as a Champion. My skills lie in writing, organisation, communication and building strong meaningful relationships. I am a peoples person who believes that resilience lies within us all. Working on Bloom Project ensures that we are sharing this knowledge with others at an age that matters, giving them the tools to build on it as they develop into adulthood.

Gavin Campbell

Bloom Engagement Officer
Northern Ireland

I have over ten years’ experience of working in mental health, much of that time has been working with adults and young people in recovery of ill mental health.

I’m a passionate advocate of the preventative and proactive work of resilience building as a crucial element in supporting young people to better manage their mental health now and into the future.

Hannah Dibnah

Bloom Engagement Officer
Scotland

My background is in Psychology of Intercultural Relations, and I am passionate about the importance of preventative mental health education for all. Having previously worked on various Erasmus+ projects in the field of youth, I have developed close relationships with educators, youth workers and young people and have a good understanding of their needs. I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the mental well-being of young people across Scotland, and I have seen first-hand the ways in which Bloom achieves this.