For Young People
We work in schools, youth settings and other educational institutions, placing young people at the centre of their own community in order to build a common resilience culture and language within their daily environments.
Our preventative educational programmes addresses mental health, behavioural and emotional issues amongst students as well as challenges to resilience and wellbeing amongst staff in schools and universities.
We are committed to turning the tide; our programme is already creating resilient children, resilient students, resilient families, resilient schools, resilient universities and a more resilient society, proving that education truly is the key to prevention.
iheart Academy – Training for school teachers & staff
The iheart Programme
This unique contribution to the field of young people’s preventative mental health education, is built on a scaffolded approach to learning. The programme is delivered over the course of 10 sessions, each with its own clear learning objective and a mix of interactive discussions, activities, self-reflections, summary slides, animations, videos and group exercises.
Part 1 Foundations:
The Logic of How Our Mind Works
Participants learn in depth about their in-built potential and mental health by discovering how the mind creates all our realities, feeling states, moods and behaviours. This is the gateway for exploring the misunderstandings that create barriers to their natural resilience and wellbeing. Understanding the crucial connection between thought and feeling is the salient learning objective of Part 1.
Part 2 Applications:
Addressing the Daily Challenges Facing Young People
Based on the foundational logic established in Part 1, a range of the most relevant issues facing young people are explored, including: stress and anxiety; anger and conflict; prejudice and intolerance; bullying and bad behaviour; social media; identity and self-image; addictive and compulsive behaviours; and barriers to motivation and learning.
Outcomes & Impact Framework
Young people believe they can overcome adversity and achieve their full potential leading to anincrease in:
- Ability to manage difficult situations and deal with setbacks
- Self-esteem and personal confidence
- Coping and conflict resolution skills
Young people experience greater psychological and emotional health, leading to a decrease in:
- Stress, worry, anxiety, low moods and depression
- Feelings of victimisation, loneliness and isolation
- Addictive behaviour and self-harm
Young people become more autonomous independent learners with positive attitudes to learning, leading to an increase in:
- Progress and attainment
- Perseverance, problem-solving abilities and participation
Young people are more able to self-regulate their behaviour, leading to a decrease in:
- Exclusions and truancy
- Disruption (low and high level) and anger
- Frequency of poor/anti-social behaviour such as non-participation and aggression
Young people develop tolerance and understanding of others, leading to an increase in:
- Positive and respectful relationships with teachers, peers and family members
- Co-operating with others/teamwork
- Respect for difference, diversity and others’ views
Meeting Ofsted and Government Requirements
Our project empowers participants with a secure foundation to cope with many of the challenges that they confront in society today. As the UK government requires the promotion of British values in schools to ensure young people leave school prepared for modern life, the iheart curriculum has been designed with this requirement at the forefront of our minds. The content of the sessions provide an excellent approach to developing this understanding on a whole school level, evident in the following ways:
- By learning about separate realities, students discover how to welcome and accept differences, rather than feel judgmental or discriminatory.
- By understanding where their feelings are coming from, students are better equipped to respond to destructive and extremist viewpoints.
- By learning about the shared ways in which all people operate psychologically, students have an increased respect for others and tolerance for diversity, as well as a greater capacity to reduce conflict and bullying.