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When we feel most alone, there is always the potential within us to discover that in fact, we are never truly alone
Isn’t it interesting that we can feel painfully lonely in a crowd, or even surrounded by family and community and yet we can feel perfectly content just in our own company? iheart teacher Debbie Fisher shares iheart’s thoughts for 2022’s Mental Health Awareness week theme of ‘loneliness’.
A celebration of the achievements of iheart with our supporters. Guests previewed the course that will transform the lives of 20,000 schoolchildren in 2022, and we’re excited to finally be able to share this amazing step for our charity with our friends and supporters
How do we turn things around? How can we help our young people from feeling hopeless to feeling hopeful? When our youth understand that it is human and normal to experience the full spectrum of emotions AND secondly that their wellbeing (their capacity to feel confident, motivated, clear-headed, calm, grateful and optimistic) is innate/ built-in.
In presenting to a room full of mental health charity leaders, MP’s, business leaders, influencers and philanthropists, iheart founder, Terry Rubenstein, and CEO, Brian Rubenstein, shared iheart’s vision for a future where young people learn about uncovering the innate resilience and wellbeing which is the birthright of all our children.
Mental health support for children ‘lacks ambition’ a recent article from the BBC which covered the government plans for mental health support teams to be in a third of schools in England by 2022-23, saying that this plan lacks ambition and needs to be stepped up.
“Children’s wellbeing expert Lord Layard urged the Commons education committee to push for a national rollout before the end of this Parliament.”
Upon reading this article and Lord Layard’s comments, I wrote this response.
The BBC recently published an article ‘Children’s mental health: Huge rise in severe cases, BBC analysis reveals’. Of course this is not news to iheart, and so we have written a response to this article. So … what do we do about it? Keep banging the drum? Keep telling everyone how big the problem is? Keep allowing fires to break out all over the pace? Isn’t that just more of the same?
For us, at iheart, the innovative mental health education charity, this just isn’t good enough. Our children are indeed suffering. And while we may be more ‘aware’ of this suffering than ever before, the problem continues to get worse. Not better.
Meet Thomas Brosnan, a mental health professional with over twenty years experience as a Teacher, Addiction Specialist and Psychotherapist and, more recently, an iheart facilitator. We recently sat down with Thomas as he told us his top five benefits of being an iheart facilitator. “When I think of the benefits of becoming an iheart facilitator, the first thing that comes to mind is how the programme has significantly enhanced my life by highlighting the truth that I have everything I need inside me to thrive.”
So here’s the problem: many, if not most of us, have been conditioned to think that grit is a quality that we need to acquire, achieve or instil. But what if that simply is not accurate? What were to happen if we understood grit to be something that we always have. All of us. All of the time. No matter what. “Wait!” I hear you shouting (at least that’s what I imagine you to be saying in order to maximise the effect of this short article), “How can that be true? Surely some people have grit, and some don’t? Surely we can get more grit? Better grit. Greater grit (you get the picture)?”
In one of Roger Hargreaves adorable Mr Men books, we meet ‘Mr Topsy-Turvy’. We learn how, for this unfortunate character, everything is either upside down, inside out or back to front – in fact, it’s always topsy-turvy! As a result, life is very challenging for Mr Topsy-Turvy and everyone around him. He talks backwards; walks ‘up’ the ‘down’ escalator; gets off the wrong side of the train; and generally creates havoc wherever he goes. And to top it off, the poor chap has no idea why he creates such bedlam! For most of my childhood, teens and early adult life, I felt a lot like Mr Topsy-Turvy.
About six years ago I heard Terry Rubenstein, iheart’s founder, speak at a conference in London about how to find resilience in the most challenging situations and I was so impressed. I was a teacher in a school at the time and realised this would be so valuable to be able to teach these concepts to my students. So my involvement goes back to the very beginning in 2016. A group of us realised that it would be very helpful to reach younger people to prevent lots of suffering before they became older. That way, we could be preventative, instead of managing people’s problems as adults.