Mental Health Awareness Week – Bloom
- By Rachele Snowden
- Posted 21st May 2020
Thanks to fundraising efforts by colleagues at Lloyds Banking Group, September 2019 saw the launch of our new young people’s programme, Bloom.
Bloom is a UK-wide programme that supports young people’s mental health resilience. Delivered in schools and colleges, Bloom equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions, both now and in the future.
Supporting young people
The programme from Mental Health UK, was created to support young people as most long-term mental health problems begin in adolescence: 75% of mental illnesses start before a person’s 18th birthday. 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, and equip them for the challenges of everyday life.
That’s why Mental Health UK (MHUK) created Bloom – the largest UK-wide programme for 14-18 year olds which focuses on supporting young people’s mental health resilience.
Created by young people, for young people; MHUK gathered insight from young people and teachers across the UK to build a programme which young people have told us they want and need. Bloom equips young people with the tools and knowledge to maintain their mental health through life’s transitions – such as moving through school, changing friendship groups, moving to university or starting employment.
Delivered through scenario-based discussion and relatable topics, such as ‘social pressures’ and ‘exam stress’ and coronavirus. To sign up follow this link: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/partnerships/projects/bloom/
There is also specific guidance on managing your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak here: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/coronavirus-information-support/