Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

10% of Children and young people (aged 5 -16) have a clinically diagnosed Mental Health problem, yet 70% of Children and Adolescents who experience mental health issues have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. Teachers report increases in children with anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts, but do not feel they have the adequate training, skills or knowledge to provide the support needed.

The Children’s Foundation aims to reduce this with the work we do within schools.

We have piloted our new project BAMM Because Minding  matters  and we hope to roll out to more schools this year, these are  educational workshops which are targeted at young children where we use the medium of puppetry as an effective and engaging way of teaching children about sensitive subjects like mental health. Puppetry can provide a stimulus for children that de-stigmatises and also increases engagement and learning in children.

We have our  Therapeutic Horticulture Project, The widely published and accepted advantages of outdoor learning include better mental health and wellbeing as well as positively affecting behaviour and physical wellness. These areas are key for the young people that we engage with – particularly those on the autistic spectrum or with challenging behavior.

“I have had great pleasure in teaching the students from Walbottle High School.  They initially had very little knowledge or experience in horticulture; many had never gardened before.  Some of these students lacked a lot of confidence and very early on in the project it was plain to see how much they gained from taking ownership of the school garden and seeing the difference they could make.  It was great discussing their ideas and watching their confidence grow.  A number of students expressed keen interest and have stated that they now intend to further their education at Northumberland College when they leave – this is all thanks to The Children’s Foundation project.”    –John Wallace, Kirkley Hall Horticulture Lecture