We're Hiring: Young Workshop Leader

Uncategorized Sep 26, 2023

Job Description

Are you...
  • Age 16 – 25 years old 
  • Live in Devon, UK
  • Confident, lively and would enjoy speaking to groups of primary school children. 
  • Passionate about mental health 
  • Interested in earning £15 per hour and have a morning per week available (or more) 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a young person to help us deliver our assemblies and workshops in primary schools across Devon. You’ll visit each school with an adult workshop co-leader and participate in sessions to build mental health resilience in your young audience. See the job description below for more information and how to apply.


Job Description

Responsible to:  Youth Mental Health Foundation (YMHF)

Hours of Work:  Flexible according to applicant’s availability, during normal school hours (9am to 3.30pm)

Salary: £15 per hour

Location: Delivering workshops at schools across Devon

About Us:
The Youth Mental...

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A huge 'thank you' to the Livewell Foundation

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2023

Everyone at YMHF want to say a huge, massive, super THANK YOU to the Livewell Foundation for supporting our work.

The Livewell Foundation provides financial support for the YMHF and other projects that will have a transformational effect on communities living in Plymouth and South West Devon by reducing social isolation, improving health and wellbeing, or preventing ill-health.

We simply couldn't do what we do without you!

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A HUGE THANKS to the People's Postcode Trust

Uncategorized Jun 27, 2023

Joel and Jade just bounced back into the office, on a high after delivering another workshop at a school in Devon, UK.

Our work building mental health resilience in school children and running groups for parents supporting a young person struggling with mental health are ONLY possible because of the incredible support of our generous funders - like People's Postcode Trust!

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YMHF is partnering with the Royal Statistical Society

Uncategorized May 25, 2023

We're delighted to announce our new partnership with the Royal Statistical Society.
They're a world renowned organisation, with over 10,000 members globally, boasting illustrious past members such as Florence Nightingale!

They're going to be working with us to examine the many research studies around children and young people's mental health, and we plan to produce a paper illustrating the value of our work, guiding parents and carers to support the healing of a child or teen who's struggling with mental health.

We're especially grateful to Adrian Lambourne - Consultant in Health Information and Statistics, who will be volunteering his time to work with us.

Exciting times...!


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Looking Back over last year and Our Plans for 2023

plans for 2023 Feb 06, 2023

We've had an AMAZING 2022 and are hugely excited about what's in store in 2023... so thought we'd post a ‘NEWS UPDATE’

Here we go…

Horizon Plan (online course)

We’ve finished filming and are now editing the 2nd module of the course which we plan to have online in Feb. We have 725 parents/carers learning from the course and can't wait to get you this next installment of guidance and support.

Horizon Plan (live course)

In August we won a contract from the charity Caring Town to deliver a program to support a group of 12 parents caring for a child/teen struggling with mental health. The funding given to us by Caring Town comes from a National Lottery Reaching Communities grant and has the potential to run for 3 years. Our team lead fortnightly evening sessions and the program has been so well received by the parents that Caring Town have now doubled our funding so we can also pilot a group to support parents of primary school children suffering with...

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Jade Interviewed on BBC Radio (again)

Youth Mental Health Foundation
Jade Interviewed on BBC Radio (again)

Jade won the BBC's Make A Difference Award in 2022 for supporting young people's mental health. 

Click on the player above to listen to a short clip of her interview on BBC Radio yesterday talking about the YMHF's work.

Go Jade!

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𝐍𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑

Lots of young people struggling with mental health also have 'neurodiversity'. If you haven't heard the term before, it means their brain is wired slightly differently to the 'norm' - ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia are a few you might have heard of?
When a young person has neurodiversity, they can sometimes find certain things more difficult BUT on the flipside they often have what we call a superpower. For example, people with ADHD may have trouble with time management. But they also often have amazing passion, drive, and hyper focus on the things they're interested in and can be amazingly creative.
That's why we love Neurodiversity Celebration Week!
You can download information, ideas and resources to learn about, celebrate and spread awareness about neurodiversity in your family, school or youth club.
When young people understand that although they or a friend or classmate struggle in some areas, they usually excel another and...
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Building mental health resilience & self-esteem at Southmead Primary School

primary school workshop Dec 14, 2022

Amazingly, Joel and Jade deliver our assemblies and workshops at as many as 5 schools each week! They work with pupils to build self-esteem and build mental health resilience. Today they were at Southmead Primary School in North Devon so we thought we'd share a few photos and the school's amazing feedback.

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Jade wins BBC 'Make a Difference Awards'


We're so happy to announce that Jade has WON the BBC Devon's 'Make a Difference Awards' in the category of Volunteer.

The judges picked Jade's work speaking to over 35,000 pupils at primary and secondary schools about mental health. She shares her own story and aims to be "the person I wish had spoken to me when I was at my lowest", to destigmatise mental health and encourage others that they can get through this difficult time.

You can hear the ceremony and Jade's acceptance speech here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0d8nsbg 

If you're a Devon based school that would like Jade to visit then please get in touch.



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A child's advice for parents who are separating/divorcing

divorce parenting Oct 13, 2022

Emily's parents separated when she was 10 years old (not her real name). It really affected her mental health, and she feels that she still carries the scars from that time today. So, I asked her for her thoughts and advice for parents who are going through a separation and how they can protect their own child or teen from the stress and trauma that often comes with this really difficult time.

Did they have a lot of arguments?

I didn’t really know, and if they did, it was when I wasn’t around. But I’m very glad they did it away from me because I hated to see them argue. My advice parents is to keep details especially around the separation private from your child. Unless it is essential to tell them certain things, so they have an understanding of what’s going on. Some things about the separation like why they broke up and how it happened were best kept a secret. Probably because at the time it would have changed my opinion about my parents. Also, some of the...

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