To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we invited Lottie Leach to share her story of her struggles with depression and an eating disorder. Following her own experience, Lottie became determined to de-stigmatise mental health through raising awareness in her school and the wider community. Lottie began by organising a 24-hour danceathon which raised over £3000 for the charity Mind. She is the deserving winner of the Diana Legacy Award, a global award celebrating those who work towards positive social change.
Lottie regularly speaks about her own experience of mental health at schools, and helps break down taboos, especially amongst boys who are more acutely affected by mental health stigma. We discuss the shame and stigma surrounding mental health problems, and how important it is for young people to access support before they reach crisis point.
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We know that the power of education can be life changing. But in countries like Sierra Leone, girls are being held back. There are many problems forcing girls to drop out of school, the pandemic being one of them. If we act now, being denied an education doesn’t have to be the reality for this generation of girls. In this podcast, we are joined by a young woman who has been part of a Restless Development programme supporting young girls to go to school and complete their studies.
We talk to Lucy Toghill and Ione Georgakis from Tourettes Action, the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and their families, about TS and how it manifests in children and young people. TS is often misunderstood, so the purpose of this podcast is to dispel the myths associated with the condition and to help spread awareness to enable parents, carers and teachers to support young people with TS. We discuss what TS is, how it manifests, what makes tics better or worse, co-occurring conditions, and TS and sibling relationships.
To mark Stress Awareness Month, we invited Francesca Geens, creator of The Happy Self Journal, an organisation that creates daily award-winning journals for children, teens and grown-ups. The journals use scientifically proven methods to reduce stress, promote happiness, develop healthy habits for life and nurture curiosity. We discuss the benefits of journaling for wellbeing, the different types of journaling, how to engage young people with journaling, and how journaling reduces stress and contributes to a growth mindset.
To celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month, we invited Xavier Singer-Kingsmith, an artist, filmmaker, and illustrator to share his story of being a trans man and the factors that helped him love and accept his identity. Whether you want to expand your understanding of the experiences of people in the LGBTQIA+ community, or whether you’re questioning your identity, this podcast is for you.
With Christmas around the corner, we thought it would be a brilliant time to talk to the wonderful Dr Amanda Gummer, a neuropsychologist, author, and the founder of The Good Play Guide. We discuss the role of play in the emotional, cognitive and social development of children and young people, and how it acts as a preventative tool for mental ill-health. Finally, Amanda gives us some helpful tips from The Good Play Guide, just in time for the Christmas break.
We talk to Thomasina Miers, winner of MasterChef 2005 and the co-founder of Wahaca and the Chefs in Schools programme, about the ups and downs of her career and her struggles with mental health. Thomasina shares her tips on how to bounce back from ‘failure’, nurturing resilience, and what sparked her love for sustainability in the food industry. This is a great one for when you’re needing a little career inspiration or perhaps some motivation.
This podcast came about because of the recent publicity around ‘Everyone’s Invited’ and the topic of consent and harassment. We thought it would be a good time to talk to Natasha and hear her thoughts on how we can approach these issues, as well as how we can facilitate healthy conversations about consent & gender-based violence with young people.
We’re delighted to announce that Alicia was interviewed by Kate Borsay on Times Radio on Friday. They discussed the impact that lockdown has had on the social and mental health of children and young people. Alicia also shares her thoughts on what support is needed to reacclimatise them with school.
We were delighted to record a podcast with ITV presenter, Suzanne Virdee on all things teenage life, specifically for girls. We cover topics like sexism, female empowerment, resilience and self-confidence, as well as how we can help teenage girls thrive through adolescence and beyond.
In our latest podcast, Alicia speaks to Helen Burns, Suicide Prevention Adviser for charity, Papyrus on how to talk to and support young people, the signs to look out for and what we can do as adults to prevent young people from taking their own lives.
Alicia speaks to Ben Williams of Find Your Edge in a podcast about resilience. A truly eye-opening and inspiring conversation on Ben’s teenage years of drugs and brushes with the law, to a decade in the Marines, shaping who he is today.