i am an educator
50% of mental health conditions are established by the age of 14 and 75% are established by the age of 24. That’s why we feel you have a vital role to play in raising awareness of our initiative.
We understand that as educators you have your hands full. We want to support you in educating and empowering your young talent about how they can take an active role in looking after themselves and their own mental health and wellbeing.
The i am me app is all about prevention. It equips young people with the tools and know-how to better cope with the challenges they face. Covering a range of themes relevant to those between the age of 11 and 24, the FREE app includes, self-help tools, mood indicators, stress tracker, plus specialist tools, tips, articles and coaching content that help young people to address any underlying difficulties, allowing them to create positive mental health.
There are several ways we can support you. From working with you to set up student led i am me committees, providing marketing packs to spread the message, to running a variety of different wellbeing sessions so students can understand how they can take an active role in supporting their own mental health. We can also offer similar sessions to parents and teachers so they can reiterate the guidance offered at home and in the classroom.
We don't believe a one size fits all approach when it comes to mental health, so we work with you to discuss the needs of your pupils first.
Our student led i am me committees are responsible for spreading the i am me message and app on campus. They run events, review the app, tell us what's missing and how we can improve it. They offer us advice and inspiration on how to grow our reach and supportive presence, the look and feel of the content, artwork and photography, user experience on the app, as well as providing invaluable insight in to the minds of young people. This also offers these young people invaluable experience to add to their CV, while helping them to develop employability skills. Get in contact if you want to set up a committee.
Supporting your students through Covid-19
Now more than ever, young people need to support themselves and invest some time in taking a proactive approach towards their mental health.
The app is a great tool that can be used to support your students during this challenging time, and can be used along side home schooling. We’ve also made it even easier for young people to find the articles in particular that will support them at the moment. Just search ‘Covid-19’ in the search function on the app and a whole host of articles will appear.
Offering sound & accurate advice.
We have a responsibility to ensure the content we produce is accurate and offers sound advice. That's why we work with a number of carefully selected charities that specialise in supporting young people during challenging times, as well as teen Samaritans, GPs, mental health advisors, nutritionists, psychologists and counsellors.
We believe that what happens in the early years really shapes who we go on to become in adulthood. We want ALL young people to have access to these resources on the i am me app. Help us spread the word.
Helping schools to support their pupils.
We don’t yet know the full impact that lockdown has had on young people. But, what we do know is that rates of self-harm are increasing.
From the work we're doing in schools and colleges, we also know that the loo cubical is a place many young people retreat to during the day when they feel unable to cope.
That's why we've launched a new campaign, with the aim of getting as many of our posters on the back of as many cubicle doors in schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.K. We want every young person to know they are not alone, and there is support out there for them.
We are currently raising funds to be able to print and send posters to schools and colleges that have no budget for mental health. If you'd like to request a set of posters for your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.