Letter from a Mind and Body participant to new participantsHi, my name's Ellie, this letter is me telling you what to expect from mind and body and really what to expect from how you feel after the program finishes.
You might be feeling like it won't help or maybe you just want to get out of a class. But the thing is, it does help. And I'm not just saying that, it really is a helpful experience and it helps you realise that not only is talking okay, it doesn't only help, but it help you realise that there's so many people in your classes and all around the world that have similar problems to you. I started this program feeling totally alone, I hated myself and it began to make me develop unhealthy habits.
But now, I feel so much more comfortable talking to people even when I never thought I would. I'm always going to be greatful for Sophie being there for me and supporting while I was struggling. And also the rest of my group, they helped me shed some light on how different issues affect different people. I really hope you stick with the program because it really does help. I want to say thank you to Sophie and all the other mind and body workers for helping me.
And good luck to you and your group. I hope you embrace the help you're offered.
Mascalls Academy, Paddock Wood
Mind and Body delivered by Adam and Megan has been an incredible intervention needed more than we anticipated by our young people. Issues have been highlighted that we were unaware of, and support been implemented for young people who could have escalated easily through to ChYPS. Early intervention has been crucial to the development of our young people. The programme delivery is professional and the young person is always the priority. My experience has been exceptionally positive.
Students who have really needed support have engaged well and are appreciative to be supported and listened to. Their issues for some have been properly listened to for the first time! Schools are exceptionally busy places now and to have this opportunity has been invaluable for those who have engaged.
I would love to see this programme extended for the success of our young people, and for them to develop into well balanced young adults, build resilience and achieve success as adults. Long term I feel this services will take pressure off other services i.e. ChYPS/NHS. I am exceptionally grateful for the support of our students.
Sally Ley, Inclusion Manager, Mascalls Academy.
Less positive is some of the wider data that the programme has generated. In order to determine young people appropriate for sessions, targeted year groups (students aged 13 - 17) are asked to complete an anonymised online survey which explores a range of thoughts, attitudes and behaviours. Participants answer questions which can identify those that might be feeling anxious, depressed and/or those who have exposure to self harming behaviours from others. The process, developed in collaboration with The Training Effect, has worked well in signposting relevant young people to the service but also offers insight into current levels of need in this area.
The infographic below shows some of the key findings from nearly three thousand young people from Kent, Cornwall and Lancashire who have completed the surveys since September. You can download a PDF of the infographic here.