We take the very best of documentary film-making and re-imagine it in interactive workshops that appeal to young people so that they can think about and explore challenging subjects in a safe and supportive environment.
There is a real need to get young people talking about their emotional wellbeing.
90% of children experience stigma and discrimination as a result of a mental health issue
(Children and Young People Programme Development, 2012)
We think that schools, colleges and youth groups across the country are doing excellent work starting conversations about mental health. However, with up to 3 young people in every class of 30 being affected by mental health issues, we think that there needs to be extra support. Early intervention is crucial in addressing mental health issues.
"75% of all mental health problems start before the age of 21...identifying children at the earliest opportunity is crucial."
(Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2014)
We passionately believe that mental health education should be provided to all children and young people before they reach a point of crisis. We think that teachers and youth workers already have busy, demanding workloads and that expecting them to be experts in mental health isn’t realistic.
Recent statistics suggest young people are increasingly isolated and many do not know where to turn for help with their thoughts and feelings.
45% of young people don't know where to go for help tackling personal problems
1 in 5 young people have had suicidal thoughts
(Connected Generation Report 2015 survey of 5,000 young people aged 13-24 across the UK)
We are very proud of our delivery outcomes so far. After a ThinkWell workshop, young people are 40% more likely to know where to go for support with mental health and 41% more likely to ask for that help.