Addaction’s Mind and Body programme shortlisted for mental health award


Mind and Body, a programme for 13-17 year olds who self harm or are  vulnerable to self harming behaviours, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards.

The programme supports young people in Kent and Cornwall to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It’s designed to help young people who need support but don’t meet the threshold for specialist mental health services. It also includes facilitated group work where young people can talk openly and safely about things like self harm, mental health, and resilience. The objectives are to reduce self harming thoughts and actions, and to develop communication skills, self expression, and assertiveness.

Rick Bradley, Operations Manager with Mind and Body said:

“We’re really proud of the programme and it’s fantastic to be shortlisted for this award. It’s a testament to the amazing team at Mind and Body and to the thousands of young people we’ve worked with over the last few years. We’re hugely passionate about the programme so It’s lovely to have our work recognised nationally."

In 2017-18, more than 600 young people completed the programme; 94% of participants reported being better able to manage risks relating to self harm. Additionally, 6615 young people received information and advice from Mind and Body and 1054 received one-to-one support.

The programme is led by Addaction and is independently evaluated by researchers at the University of Bath.