Mindfulness to help children’s mental well-being in schools

Thanks to Ana for sharing this BBC news story:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39082415

Over 5,000 teachers in the UK have been trained to teach mindfulness, according to the Mindfulness Initiative, and that number is growing all the time.
It’s a meditation technique being used to help pupils improve their mental well-being.


Time to Talk Day

Thursday 2nd Feb 2017.           Conversations change lives


On Thursday 2 February, Time to Change is encouraging everyone to talk about mental health, with their Time to Talk Day.  Time to Change is a growing movement of people who are changing how we think and act about mental health.tttd_2017_web_carousel_970x450_1

Talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk and listening to someone talk about how they feel.

Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life and this is what Time to Talk Day is all about – giving everyone the chance to talk and listen about mental health.


Frazzled Cafes: Coffee shops for Mental Illness

Ruby Wax embarks on ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’…ruby-wax-frazzled-cafe

Frazzled Cafe meetings provide a ‘talk-in’ place where people who are feeling frazzled can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment – a place where it’s ok, to not be ok.

A key factor in helping to overcome those feelings is knowing that we are not alone – there is no substitute for meeting face-to-face and connecting with others. This isn’t just for the one-in-four Britons who will suffer a mental illness at some point in their lives, but for the four-in-four feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life.


And she talks about it on BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour, along two women talking about their Late Diagnosis of Asperger’s: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086kxsr

1 in 4




1 in 4

I am a 1 in 4, a prisoner of stigma, ignorance, and more.

I’d like to talk but you’ve stolen my voice. I just try my best, there’s no other choice.

But my best is my worst, and this world is not mine

And whilst your sun is bright mine doesn’t shine.

A black cloak descends and smothers my hope

You can’t see my scars so you think I should cope

And I cannot escape from the truth of my fears, too broken and cracked to shed any tears.

Hopeless pie is off the menu for you, you’d rather eat life up chew after chew.

Let’s hope you succeed, I wish you the best, but as you consider this think of the rest.

I am a 1 in 4 a statistic you’d be ‘stark raving mad’ to ignore.


by Carolyn Atherton

(Thanks to our poet)

Time to Talk 2015


Last week witnessed a pleasing number of ALS staff attending our second Time to Talk afternoon.

Time to Talk is a national event which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues. We are indebted to two of our team who were brave enough to share their own experiences. Their words helped us to understand  clearly the problems some of our students face. More importantly, and in the spirit of Time to Talk, we were able to reflect on mental health issues that we might be unaware of colleagues living with.



A big thank-you to all those who were able to support this event which, hopefully, gave everyone ‘time to talk’.