Do you know a school or college who would like more support and resources around young people’s mental health and resilience? For FREE.

Bloom, a new UK-wide programme supporting young people’s mental health resilience, and being delivered free in Scottish classrooms, is an initiative supported by Lloyds Banking Group colleagues’ and customers’ fundraising.

Since September 2019, we have already supported hundreds of young people and are proud to be delivering throughout more schools during spring/summer of 2020 and beyond.

The Bloom programme, is delivered in schools and colleges through a series of workshops. The scheme aims to prevent long-term mental health challenges in later years, developing practical resources to provide young people with the skills needed for staying mentally healthy.

For young people living in today’s digital age, they can be more exposed to different types of pressure than the generations before them. Whilst being open to talk about mental health is certainly a positive thing there can be additional challenges, more young people are seeing and hearing that their friends are struggling and are not always equipped in how best to support them.

Bloom focuses on building resilience in those aged 14-18, and evidence shows that providing good, early preventative support in the right place at the right time can help to avoid deterioration in young people’s mental health.

Secondary school and college is a crucial space to support young people, and our research with teachers highlighted the challenges of supporting young people’s wellbeing, as teachers often want to be able to do more but worry about saying the ‘wrong thing’ or being able to provide the right environment. Being able to devote sufficient time to adequately meet the needs of young people was also a concern. This programme is free of charge to schools.

To date, Bloom has been delivered to young people and teachers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dumfries, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Stirling, and is currently in its second term.

We welcome contact from interested schools and colleges across Scotland who may be interested in working with us in future school terms. If you know a school who might be interested or you are interested in becoming a trainer in Scottish schools, please get in touch.

Or contact Laura Gulliver at Support in Mind Scotland's National Office on 0131 662 4359.