The world has speeded up, the pressures are greater and the rules of growing up have changed. It won’t have escaped your notice that stress, anxiety and other forms of mental ill health are on the rise. Worse still, the symptoms are starting earlier.
The solution is to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to take charge of their own wellbeing.
Therefore we’ve developed a set of videos and activities that introduce themes of happiness, wellbeing, flourishing, resilience, positivity and personal responsibility to teenagers. Although these videos target ages 13 to 16, it is perfectly possible to show them to older and younger people too.
The videos work well as assemblies or in individual classes. Our view is that the earlier children can get the messages, the better they will be at coping with the world as it is.
The videos themselves contain a total of 75 minutes of learning. However, the activities and ‘homework’ mean that the learning can be extended to fit a much longer time frame. Each video comes with a set of facilitator notes complete with discussion prompts, follow-up tasks and extension activities.
Our ethos is that wellbeing is too important to be left to chance. Feeling good is a basic human right and it’s everyone’s responsibility to know how.
Andy is at pains to point out that he knows you are an excellent teacher who cares passionately about the children’s happiness and general wellbeing. You know the characters in your class. Andy doesn’t. Hence it makes no sense for him to provide a prescriptive blow-by-blow instruction manual for how to use the videos.