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WE HAVE A WINNER!
We are so glad that we handed the responsibility of picking a winner for our hoodie design competition over to our brilliant judges as we loved all of them!!
We are now excited to be able to announce the winner of our hoodie design competition…
Annabel (aged 12) came up with this brilliant brain design, showing expectation vs reality on the feelings young people experience when growing up.
Some of the feedback from our judges about Annabel’s design included:
“I love the design and would wear this in a heartbeat
This would look striking on the front or back of a hoodie - very impactful and easy to read and visually understand”
The scores were really very close with Reggie’s beautiful design coming in second place and Sophie H, Sophie C and Lily B in joint third!
Thanks to all the young people that took the time to create their beautiful designs.
THE I AM ME DESIGN COMPETITION IS BACK!
After the success of the last design competition, we're excited to announce that we're bringing it back again later this year!
This year, we're going to be asking students to create a design that captures the thoughts, feelings, worries and ambitions of a young person currently growing up in today's fast paced world.
The winning design will feature on our hoodies and will once again be open to all students aged between 11-19.
We know it has been a difficult 2 years for lots of reasons and one of the ways you can support yourself is to use art as a creative outlet to help with self-expression. Anyone can express themselves through art and you do not have to be an artist.
Watch this space as more information is announced!
I AM ME LAUNCHES LOO DOOR CAMPAIGN
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.
Please help us to get our posters on the back of as many cubicle doors in schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.K. and let every young person know they are not alone, and there is support out there for them.
The free i am me app was created to educate, enable and empower young people, between the ages of 11 and 24, to understand more about how they can proactively look after their own mental health, helping them to discover healthy coping alternatives during more challenging times.
Please get behind this initiative, and contact email@example.com to request more information and get involved.
NEW BLOG LIVE ON ABODUS STUDENT LIVING WEBSITE
6 WAYS TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Our latest article "6 ways to take control of your mental health and wellbeing" is now live on the Abodus Student Living website.
Focusing on the 6 lifestyle medicines, the article explores the different ways in which we can all play an active role in supporting our own mental health and wellbeing.
Learning how to build self-belief and confidence, and gain an understanding of how to cope when things don't go to plan is a fundamental aspect of ensuring positive mental health. We truly believe that the 6 lifestyle medicines, which are the same 6 areas which are at the core of the app, play a vital role in our overall health and happiness.
Lifestyle medicine is not a quick fix. It’s a journey that lasts a lifetime and it encourages you to think of your mental and physical health as one, with each supporting the other.
Interested in hearing more? Why not give it a read?
FOUNDER COMMITS TO COTSWOLD CHALLENGE
We are taking part in the Cotswold Challenge this June and will be walking 50k in one day with other parents of young people to raise funds for i am me, which will allow the team to supply marketing packs to those schools that lack funding. Any money raised will also help to raise awareness of i am me as a free resource.
We are always looking for new ways to spread the word about i am me, and this latest challenge will also provide a much needed boost in donations.
As a not-for-profit, i am me is 100% reliant on funding to ensure the resource remains a FREE resource for all young people. All funds go towards growing this initiative to provide as much preventative support as possible to as many young people as possible.
Funding also goes towards developing the app, working with specialists to create the tools and producing expert content, marketing of the initiative, as well as running workshops in state schools up and down the country.
If you can spare anything at all, please consider donating by clicking the link below. We appreciate your support.
I AM ME FEATURED IN THE FIRST WELLBOOK GUIDE
i am me founder Claire has been featured in the first edition of the WellBook Guide as part of their Resilience issue.
The WellBook Guide showcases the latest trends, inspiring ideas, and news, about health and wellbeing, and featuring a range of experts and practitioners from all areas of mental health and wellbeing.
Claire's article 'Prioritising Prevention' on pages on 58 & 59 focus on the importance of empowering and educating young people on how they can play an active role in supporting and shaping their own mental health and wellbeing.
Thank you WellBook for featuring us!
Give it a read now: https://www.wellbook.co.uk/guide
I AM ME ADDED TO LIST OF RESOURCES FOR PRINCE'S TRUST
The i am me app has been added to the Prince's Trust list of resources to help young people through Covid-19.
This means that this national and long standing charitable organisation see the i am me app as a valuable resource in supporting the next generation.
We couldn't be more delighted to receive their support and be included in this small list of valuable resources.
To see the full list, click the link below.
I AM ME ADDED TO CAMHS & MENCAP RESOURCE LIST
We are so proud to say that the i am me app has been added to the list of resources for CAMHS ( Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) in Ireland, and MENCAP (The Royal Mencap Society that works with people with a learning disability).
This means that these brilliant and long standing charitable organisations see the i am me app as a valuable resource in supporting those young people with mental health challenges and learning disabilities.
This is a huge honour and testament to the hard work the very small i am me team do to spread the word and share this resource with as many young people as possible.
NEW STRESS TRACKER CREATED AND TESTED BY YOUNG PEOPLE
The latest update to the app will see a stress tracker go live, allowing young people to keep track of how stressed and anxious they feel.
The tracker will ask questions to determine how they are truly feeling and will offer a series of coping skills and tips to better manage their stress levels.
As always, young people are at the heart of everything we do. That’s why our young advisors, who are a mix of apprentices and students, are currently testing this new feature and are providing feedback to the i am me development team to ensure it’s hitting the mark and provides real value.
I AM ME PARTNERS WITH AGENCY TO REACH UNIVERSITY RESIDENTS UK WIDE
We’re excited to announce that we are working with The Crowd Agency to reach out to over 80 university accommodation managers across 37 cities, providing marketing materials and emails to inform their students of the app.
We can’t wait to see our branding up and being viewed by thousands of students!
A big thank you to the team at The Crowd Agency for their ongoing support and guidance!
We love working with organisations that share the same values as us, and that understand the need and responsibility we all have in helping to shape a more positive and proactive approach to mental health in the minds of the next generation.
I AM ME OFFICIAL
T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE!
The i am me official t-shirts are now available to purchase!
Earlier this year, our t-shirt design competition received over 100 entries from across the U.K, U.S, Israel and Germany.
Our panel of expert judges, which included, fashion designer, Maria Grachvogel, founder of the trend academy, Marie Oakes, jewellery designer, Alex Monroe and wellbeing expert, Jasmine Hemsley picked Becca, age 14, as their winner.
The judges loved Becca’s take on the brief (an insight into the mind of a young person) and thought her design was powerful, hopeful and demonstrated growth and life, whilst also shining a light on the challenges young people face.
The t-shirts are available in the following sizes and are just £9 each, plus £2 for UK postage and packaging.
If you'd like to order a t-shirt, please email us with the size and quantity: firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll then process and post out your order.
MUSIC WITH MEANING LAUNCH ONLINE MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATING WELLBEING
In association with world suicide prevention day, music with meaning is hosting an online music festival celebrating mental wellbeing.
Taking place on the 10th September 7-9pm, the festival features a diverse line-up of musicians and speakers sharing exclusive personal stories about their love of music.
A BUSY FEW WEEKS FOR THE I AM ME TEAM...
A busy few weeks doing what we love here at i am me... collaborating with like minded individuals who share our passion for supporting the future of young people, finding new ways to help them to become active and engaged in their own future.
We hope to share more details soon, but if you're interested in hearing more about the work we're doing to support young people, drop us a message: email@example.com
COMMITTEE MEMBERS SHAPE I AM ME APP
The i am me app has had a bit of a makeover and we’re so excited that the updates are now live!
Young people really are at the heart of everything we do, and we’re determined to keep the i am me initiative young person led. That’s why we asked our committee members for their feedback and ideas.
From creating a new homepage and a space for your messages, to adding a wall of inspiration, they told us what they wanted to see on the app, and we’ve made those changes. A big thank you to every young person that gave us feedback and continue to shape the initiative for all young people now and in the future.
We’d love to hear your thoughts too, so check out the app now by downloading it on the App Store / Google Play for free! Just search ‘i am me’.
The app is being used by many schools, colleges, universities and organisations to support the wellbeing of its young people and young talent. This free resource is needed more than ever at the moment.
So it you’d like to find out more, work with us, set up a committee, or support us so we can continue our work in educating, enabling and empowering young people to take a proactive approach to mental health, then we’d love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUDGES PICK T-SHIRT DESIGN WINNER!
We’re so excited that our judges for the t-shirt design competition have today chosen a winner!! Congratulations to Becca who is age 14.
The judges loved Becca’s take on the brief and thought her design was powerful, hopeful and demonstrated growth and life, whilst also shining a light on the challenges young people face.
Becca’s design will soon feature on the official i am me t-shirts and we can’t wait to share these with you all soon!
T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION NOW CLOSED!
The i am me t-shirt design competition is now closed!
A big THANK YOU to those that entered. We received over 100 entries from across the UK and even as far reaching as U.S., Israel and Germany. We have been delighted to see so many fantastic entries, with a lot of thought and care going into every single entry. The reasoning behind all of the artwork has been inspiring to read and will continue to help us shape i am me going forward.
Keep an eye out on our Instagram for our next announcement where we'll be announcing who's been shortlisted...
Watch this space!
T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!
We want you to create an eye-catching design for the back of the i am me official t-shirts. The winner will be chosen by an expert judging panel from the fashion industry and will win a Fearne Cotton Happy Place hamper of goodies!
Find out more >
I AM ME FEATURES ON CHELTENHAM WELLBEING FESTIVAL PODCAST.
We are incredibly excited that the second episode of Cheltenham Wellbeing Festival podcast, 'Live Life Well', features our founder Claire, which is now live!
Give it a listen >
"THIS APP IS LIFE CHANGING"
This recent quote from a young person sums up why we do what we do! ❤️
Many of you may not realise the i am me team do what they do in their spare time, along side full time jobs because we all share the same passion.
We’re determined to spread the i am me message and app, so all young people can feel educated and empowered to take a preventative approach to their mental health.
If you’re a business, get in touch to discuss how you can become part of a national movement that supports the next generation of talent... email@example.com
A brilliant few days spent supporting the Spirax Sarco Apprentices and Graduates.
This pool of young talent were based across Europe, The Americas, Asia and Australia. We ran a series of online mental health and wellbeing sessions focusing on stress management, sleep, nutrition, relationships, movement and headspace, helping them to understand more about the different things that they can all do to support themselves.
These sessions help young people who are in the early stages of their careers understand why taking care of their mental health now, will help them to be able to cope during more challenging times in the future.
"SELF HELP GURU" MELISSA AMBROSINI
Our ability to compare ourselves with others seems to be at an all-time high which is why we are so excited to be able to share with you a brilliant new article on our app by Melissa Ambrosini with extracts from her latest book “Comparisonitis” to help all the young people we support to understand more about how they can stop comparing themselves to others.
Named a “Self-Help Guru” by Elle Magazine, Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, Open Wide, Comparisonitis and the Audible Original PurposeFULL as well as the winner of ‘The Best eBooks Of All Time’ as voted by Book Depository.
Melissa is the host of #1 rated podcast The Melissa Ambrosini Show, where she shares her wisdom and interviews with the biggest thought leaders and experts in the world to help her audience unlock their full potential and live their dream life. When Melissa isn’t writing books and recording her podcast she is speaking at events both virtual and in person, coaching her epic clients and creating online content and meditations.
With a deep commitment to empowering others to become the best version of themselves, Melissa believes that awakening is possible for everyone. She strives to inspire others to reclaim their power, bust through fear, step into their truth, live with intention, and move in the direction of their dreams.
I AM ME SHORTLISTED FOR GLOBAL GOOD AWARDS
We are very excited to announce that i am me has been SHORTLISTED for the Global Good Awards, Technology for Good category and we are incredibly proud to be in a shortlist among some huge names.
We couldn’t be more delighted and hope that this helps to spread our message even further and support many more young people.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters and committee members. They have played a big part in the app being shortlisted for this award.
We’ll find out if we win in September – keep your fingers crossed for us!!
To read more, visit: https://globalgoodawards.co.uk/2021-global-good-awards-finalists/
I AM ME FEATURED ON NOW AND BEYOND DIRECTORY- CONNECTING EDUCATORS TO MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
We're so pleased to be part of the Now & Beyond community!
Now & Beyond's goal is to be the UK's first database of multidisciplinary mental health and wellbeing providers for children and young people.
This resource provides educators with a way to easily search a directory full of mental health providers and advocates, all who share the same passion.
We love what Now & Beyond stand for; beyond labels, beyond lack of treatment, beyond long waiting lists, beyond limits.
We were recently part of Now & Beyond's first ever wellbeing festival with schools, and we're looking forward to reaching even more schools, colleges and universities through this directory.
If you're interested in hearing more, click here and view our profile.
I AM ME LAUNCHES LEARNING ALLIANCE RESEARCH PROJECT
i am me is proud to announce the launch of the
i am me Learning Alliance with researchers from the University of Gloucestershire and Kings College London.
The research project will look into whether a preventative approach to mental ill health reduces the number of young people that go on to develop mental illness in later life.
The purpose of the Learning Alliance is to bring together members of the public, GPs, mental health practitioners, educators, employers and young people, and involve them in all aspects of our study. This will play a vital role in ensuring that the findings of the research have a direct impact on young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health in young people is a hot topic at a local, governmental and wider cultural level. Research shows us that 50% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 14 and 75% of mental illnesses are established by the age of 24.
There are some brilliant charities set up to support young people once a referral and diagnosis have been made, but here at i am me, we are interested in understanding more about how a preventative approach to mental ill health can support a significant reduction in these statistics mentioned.
Research also tells us that there are many “lifestyle” elements such as relationships, stress, sleep and nutrition that are contributing factors towards a person’s mental health, and so we are keen to explore how, if given an opportunity to be educated and empowered in these areas, might young people go on to better cope with the challenges of modern day living.
If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to hear from you - firstname.lastname@example.org
INSTAGRAM LIVE SUCCESS WITH ABODUS STUDENT LIVING!
Well this was a first for the i am me team!
Founder Claire delivered an Instagram Live session with Abodus Student Living, as part of their ongoing schedule of live events all aimed at supporting the the overall wellbeing and experience of their student residents.
Hosted by continued supporter Kimberley Pena, Claire and Kimberley talked all things mental health and wellbeing, how to prospectively support yourself and took some great questions from the student audience.
The live session was so popular that it has become one of Abodus' most well attended session.
If you’re interested in watching, here’s the link... enjoy!
I AM ME FOUNDER, CLAIRE, JOINS THE COURAGEOUS MUMMA PODCAST
As part of Children's Mental Health Week (1-8 Feb) our founder Claire Libby, talks to the Courageous Mumma on her latest podcast episode: Building resilience in your child.
Claire talks to host, Madeleine, about all things i am me, as well as ways to help children thrive through childhood and beyond.
Give it a listen now: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-courageous-mumma/id1503997519?i=1000507450972
I AM ME INCLUDED IN UK’S FIRST MENTAL HEALTH FESTIVAL FOR SCHOOLS
i am me is over the moon to be included in the Now and Beyond Inside Out Day supporting schools throughout the UK.
This one-day event has been created in response to Schools desperate need for mental health support and resources.
With almost 750 schools signed up so far, the aim on 3rd February 2021 is to reach as many school children across the UK as possible by facilitating virtual sessions between schools and local mental health or wellbeing hosts.
We can't wait to be a part of this fantastic day and initiative.
NEW BRANDING & MARKETING PACKS LAUNCHED
Over the last few weeks, our communications manager has been working on the i am me brand, as well as creating marketing packs that can be used by our supporters, commercial funding partners and schools, colleges and universities to raise further awareness of the initiative.
Filled with flyers, quote posters, roller banners, vinyl's, social tiles, HTML Emails, desktop backgrounds and toilet door posters, these packs are a great way to not only raise awareness of the app, but to also show your commitment to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your young people.
If you’d like to know more about these marketing packs and how much they cost, email email@example.com
WESTONBIRT SCHOOL WORK WITH I AM ME TO SUPPORT THEIR PUPILS
This week we presented to the parents of pupils at Westonbirt School, ahead of delivering virtual introductory sessions of the app to all year groups next week.
The response from the parents has been overwhelmingly positive, with many downloading the app themselves to support their own conversations with their children at home.
A big thank you to the parents and teachers at Westonbirt for allowing us to talk to their pupils.
We’re looking forward to seeing how many articles are read and accounts created following these sessions, we always see a huge increase after talking to students about the app.
I AM ME FOUNDER FEATURES ON LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION FOR WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY
i am me founder, Claire Libby has featured on a live virtual panel event, which was first broadcast on Thursday 8th October 2020.
The event which was in aid of World Mental Health day was hosted by The Branding Man and also featured Ben, Josie and Anirjit (Pates Grammar School) and Oxford graduate and Civil Servant Lizzie Shelmerdine.
Together they discussed how the world we are living in today is affecting the career aspirations and mental health of young people, and how we can better support them this this difficult time for all.
Take a listen now!
CAREERRADAR LAUNCHES NEW RELEASE FOCUSED ON JOBS
CareerRadar uses academic research and AI to help young people select their perfect career based on their personality, interests, and education. The videos and research material provide a detailed picture of working in over 1,000 careers – both today and in the future.
The latest release includes a job search facility that aggregates all the published vacancies in the UK into a single list – saving time visiting multiple job sites and missing opportunities.
CareerRadar, https://careerradar.org, is free and available in the Apple and Android app stores.
I AM ME FOUNDER FEATURES ON LATEST FREEDOM OF THOUGHT EPISODE
We are so excited to share the link for our founder, Claire's, chat with Hollyoaks actor and mental health advocate, Ashley Taylor Dawson and Resilience Coach, Josh Connolly for their latest episode, Freedom of Thought.
In this episode Claire, Ash and Josh talk all things i am me, growing up in today’s fast paced world, their own encounters with mental health and why it’s so important for all young people to have access to free tools and support to allow them to take a proactive approach to positive mental health.
We’d love it and be so grateful if you could take a few minutes to give it a listen...
I AM ME SUPPORTS 'MUSIC WITH MEANING' CAMPAIGN
i am me is raising awareness of the 'Music with Meaning' campaign from Music for Mental Wealth. The aim of the campaign is to empower musicians to share their stories and encourage open conversations around mental health.
Check out the latest video...
Music can be a great way to understand and express your feelings, but if it's a career you're passionate about pursuing, it can be full of highs and lows.
Music for Mental Wealth equips people with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to successfully navigate those career highs and lows and make healthy choices that support happier lives.
If you're interested in finding out more, visit musicformentalwealth.com
KICK THE BOREDOM WITH YUAF
i am me supporters, YUAF, who help young people go places through music & mental wellbeing, have launched a series of FREE creative online workshops.
All aimed at kicking the boredom while in lockdown, the sessions range from rap, art, DJ skills and wellbeing.
Why be bored when you can sign up and join in!
Find our more: https://linktr.ee/yuaf
NEW SEARCH FUNCTION ON THE APP FOR COVID-19 ARTICLES
Now more than ever, we need to support ourselves and invest some time in taking a proactive approach towards our mental health.
We’ve now made it even easier for you to find the articles in particular that will support you at the moment.
All you need to do is search ‘Covid-19’ in the search function, in the articles section on the app and a whole host of articles will appear.
GLOBAL YOUTH AWARDS 2020
We are delighted to share details of The Global Youth Awards 2020!
If you know a young person aged between 11- 25 doing something amazing in the world, then nominate them today!
There are four categories;
Judges are looking for:
Leadership -demonstration of leadership
Innovation- most imaginative project
Change- most impactful project
It's free and simple to enter:
INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE FASHION INDUSTRY JOIN T-SHIRT DESIGN JUDGING PANEL
We are super excited to announce our panel of judges for the i am me t-shirt design competition.
We are so grateful to Maria, Marie, Alex and Jasmine for supporting i am me and the competition. Thank you!
SLG BRANDS DONATES PRIZE FOR T-SHIRT COMPETITION
We’re very excited to announce that as part of our t-shirt design competition, the winner will not only see their design on the back of the official i am me t shirts, but they will also receive this wonderful Fearne Cotton Happy Place hamper of goodies!
Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place collection; ‘Calm, Energise and Sleep’ is based around the things in life she usually needs help with. A big thank you for the donation of this prize to SLG Brands who created the Happy Place brand with Fearne!