Invincible Me is a mental health charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of the most vulnerable children in our society by educating and empowering the teachers and wider childcare workforce who support them.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as not simply the absence of disorder but ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community’.
However, one in ten children and young people aged 5 to 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder (i.e. a mental health problem associated with significant impairment).
Mental health problems in children and young people cause distress and can have wide-ranging effects, including impacts on educational attainment and social relationships, as well as affecting life chances and physical health.
WHAT WILL INVINCIBLE ME DO ABOUT THIS PROBLEM?
There are things that schools can do – including for all their pupils, for those showing early signs of problems and for families exposed to several risk factors – to intervene early and strengthen resilience, before serious mental health problems occur. [Department for Education report: Mental health and behaviour in school; Departmental advice for school staff, March 2015]
Invincible Me provides primary schools and other childcare settings with mental health training and support, focusing on both the children and the staff. See our ‘About’ page for more information.
Please also read about our joint pilot in collaboration with the UCL Institute of Education on our ‘Pilot’ page.
To DONATE to Invincible Me and help us to change the future for vulnerable children, please click the link below.