Promoting Mental Health & Wellbeing in Children and Young People
Our Vision for Schools, Teachers & Organisations working with children
For more schools to put mental health and well-being on the agenda, because if we don’t have mental health, everything else kind of falls apart. The movement already started with mindfulness and it would be great to have resilience on the agenda there too.
If teachers are able to keep themselves grounded in the understanding how we create our experience of life, it shifts how I am as a teacher/educator go into the classroom. I am able to stay more grounded despite my big to do list.
It’s about both children and staff to grow together and learn about the creative power that reaches above the external pressures that allows teachers and children come up with innovative solutions. When people start to see where their experience is coming from, it’s so helpful because those external pressures, what we make of them through our own power of thought, seeing thought at play, can be such a help for everyone.
For schools to be a space where children can share what they know, showcase what they can do instead of being scared that they will fall short in some way.
When children first turn up at school being 4 or 5 years old, they’re in the flow, they’re not analysing things. We tend to educate them out of their sense of well-being if we’re not careful. It’s about knowing that well-being and okayness is inside of us, it’s not just about being happy but being alright with everything that shows up for us. Being able to move from one thing to the next with fluidity and grace. It’s exciting when staff start seeing that for themselves, it’s infectious.
When we look at the problems the schools are facing from anxiety to stress around performance results, to produce standings and rankings in league tables. This whole system is based on performance results. Without this understanding, that sort of illusory pressure starts to impact the kids and then they have stress and anxiety. Then they start to behave in particular ways, creating addictions, bullying, eating disorders, those sort of behaviors that young people get into when they feel threatened and insecure.
If you have students that are psychologically free for vaster periods, they will excel, they will get involved in so many different ways.
“If leaders themselves are standing in well-being, then the ripple effects at school are going to be amazing. It’s going to be a great place to work. When teachers have less on their mind they see things fresh, just like children too. – Stuart