We are thrilled to announce that we are working in partnership with the incredibly talented children’s psychotherapist; Amy Smythe, aka The Worry Wizard! And, even more excitingly, together we have developed an incredible range of programmes for Primary schools.
Mental Health and Wellbeing work with children and young people is steadily growing into the most important aspect of additional educational support that schools can and will need to provide from now on. With a drop in funding for CAMHS (the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) it is now looking like schools will be picking up a lot of the slack in the next few years in order to provide the much needed and necessary help and support for children’s mental health and wellbeing.
But it’s not all doom and gloom; it at least looks like mental health IS now a government priority with additional funding being made available, PLUS a new compulsory health education being introduced that is intended to teach children how to look after their mental wellbeing and recognise when friends are struggling.
The Department for Education said:
“We are investing more in mental health support with an additional £2.3bn a year being spent by 2023-24. This means that an extra 345,000 children and young people up to the age of 25 will benefit from a range of services, including new support teams that will provide additional trained staff to work directly with schools and colleges.”
Therefore, this partnership couldn’t have come at a better time! Amy is wonderfully creative, as well as highly knowledgeable, and is an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with the BACP. The work she has created with and for Bigfoot will allow students across the board to access help and support for managing their Worries so that they don’t manifest into bigger more substantial mental health issues later down the line. Who couldn’t do with a little bit of Worry Wizardry in their lives?!
So, on Tuesday 23rd July TWELVE of our most senior Bigfooters will be welcomed into the fold and trained by Amy to deliver our brand new Mental Health & Wellbeing residencies, after school sessions, and one day assembly and workshop programmes; we literally cannot wait!
Learn more about Amy Smythe and the Worry Wizrad, as well as all the wonderful work she is a part of, HERE