Mental health is ‘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’. (The World Health Organization)
Invincible Me supports primary schools to create a culture that promotes and strengthens positive mental health and wellbeing for children, teachers and school staff alike. We advocate a whole school approach, which develops and champions sustainable culture change, making all individuals more invincible. We focus on prevention, not intervention.
To learn more about the work we do, click on our Invincible Me overview to open a pdf about us.
Our evidence-informed approach includes:
- Strengths and Needs Audit
- Stakeholder Communications Strategy
- Tailored Action Planning
- Leadership Support and Mentoring
- Impact Measurement and Evaluation
The problem we address
In the UK today:
- One in ten children have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder before the age of 14 and incidents of self-harming amongst children as young as 8 years old are increasing year on year.
- More than 27,000 children under the age of 11 called the crisis hotline Childline last year, struggling with bullying, challenging family relations and concerns about their own mental and emotional health.
Teachers have the ability to change the trajectory of a child’s life but, in order to build self-confidence and resilience in children, they must have the personal and professional resources to be resilient themselves. However…
- Less than half of all primary school teachers say they’ve received adequate mental health training.
- Nearly one third of newly qualified teachers leave the profession within 5 years; in 2016, nearly 30,000 teachers left the profession for reasons other than retirement.
Authentic transformation will come about when we focus on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for all pupils, as well as those who educate, support and inspire them.