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 is now delivering a Department for Education funded project for one year working with 35 schools from Kent, Medway and East Sussex.
Safe has been running on a very small scale in a number of schools in Kent for the past 3 years, we have taken the learning from this and developed a new model of delivery which puts resilience and peer mentoring at the forefront of Safe’s activities in schools.
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 we develop the skills of a number of peer ambassadors within schools and create safe environments in which young people feel able to talk about their feelings and seek help when they need it.
Our youth workers will attend each school on a weekly basis during term time, working with small groups or whole class/year groups around a weekly theme, additionally we have developed a series of 20 sessions of PSHE related study which can be delivered as part of the programme.
In the academic year of 2015 - 2016, Safe is working in:
- Borden Grammar School
- Broomhill Bank School
- Castle Community College
- Dane Court Grammar School
- Dartford Grammar School
- Ellington and Hereson School
- Foxwood School
- Grange Park School
- The High Weald Academy
- Hillview School for Girls
- The Judd School
- Learning Opportunities Secondary Centre
- The Leigh Technology Academy
- The Maplesden Noakes School
- Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
- Rowhill School
- Sandwich Technology School
- The Skinners' School
- Sir Roger Manwood's School
- St Anthony's School
- St Georges's CE Foundation School
- Tonbridge Grammar School
- Tower School & Sixth Form Centre
- Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School
- Wilmington Academy
- Wilmington Grammar School for Girls
- The Victory Academy
- Chatham Girls' Grammar School
- Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls
- Rainham Mark Grammar School
- Robert Napier School
- Claverham Community College
- Rye College
- The St Leonards Academy
- Uckfield Community Technology College
- Uplands Community College
If you’re interested in finding out more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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