Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, one in 5 has an eating disorder and one in twelve self-harms.
What is safe?
Safe is a youth-led project, which aims to raise awareness of mental health, reduce suicide breaking down, stigma, getting young people to talk about their feelings, recognise the danger signs and to seek support, if and when they need it. Safe was established in October 2011 in memory of James Naylor, a young man from Brenchley who tragically took his own life at the age of 23.
Who are we?
Starting from one committee made up of 6 young people in Tonbridge, Safe ran on a very small scale in a number of schools in Kent from 2012 until 2015. We took the learning from this and developed a new model of delivery which put resilience and peer mentoring at the forefront of Safe’s activities in schools. Subsequently over the last academic year Safe was funded by the Department of Education and successfully worked with 35 schools from Kent, Medway and East Sussex.
We are now in another exciting stage, offering even more flexibility by partnering directly with some schools and offering Safe funded via local councils to many others across Kent, Medway and in Bexley.
Our programme raises awareness of mental health issues among pupils, including the danger signs to look out for and challenges the stigmas around mental health. As part of the programme in some schools, we develop the skills of a number of students to become peer ambassadors and create safe environments in which young people feel able to talk about their feelings and seek help when they need it. In all schools, our youth workers deliver an assembly per school and between 10 & 20 sessions from a series of 20 PSHE related topics, as selected by each school.
Quotes from the 2015-2016 DofE Safe project;
“My 13 year old son opened up and talked to me about his feelings after your assembly. From what he described I think he is depressed. He lost his father to suicide last year but I thought he was doing okay. I was a little shocked to hear what is going on for him but I am really pleased he was brave enough to talk to me. I am really pleased this is happening in this school as I might not have known otherwise.” - Parent
“We have been privileged to be part of this project. The sessions have been of high quality, relevant and engaging for our young people. It has been an extremely valuable project and the Safe Ambassadors have been a real asset in taking things forward” - Ms C, Executive Principle
“It made me think about who I am.....” - Young person, year 8.
"You made it informative and got us involved" - Young person, year 7.
“I liked it being interactive and the videos” - Young person, year 9.
“I think it made people more aware of mental illness” - Young person, year 9.
In the academic year of 2015 – 2016, Safe was delivered in the following schools;
- Swadelands School
- New Line Learning
- Cornwallis Academy
- Valley Park
- Goldwyn school
- Homewood School
- The North School
- Highworth Grammar a School for Girls
- Astor College for the Arts
- Dover Girls Grammar School
- St Edmund's Catholic School
- Dover Christ Church Academy
- Dover Boys Grammar School
- Pent Valley
- Marsh Academy
- Brockhill Park
- Folkestone School for Girls
- St Anthony’s
- St George’s Church of England Foundation School
- Royal Harbour Academy
- Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School
- Hartsdown Academy
- Enterprise Learning Alliance - Westwood & Project 15
- Rochester Grammar School
- The Thomas Aveling School
- Sir Joseph Williams Mathematical School
- The Will Adams Centre
- The Rowans
- Chatham Grammar School
- Fort Pitt Grammar School
- Greenacre Academy
- Strood Academy
- Victory Academy
- Beths Grammar School
If you’re interested in finding out more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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