The challenges of the festive period for young people: in conversation with Nikki Mattocks, Time To Change Young Champion

In the latest of episode of the HeadStart podcast, I chat to Nikki Mattocks. Nikki is a Time To Change's Young Champion, and works alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health in schools, the community, and through the media.

“We are Time to Change, the growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health. Still too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem but we’re here to change that.
— Time to Change

In our conversation, we discuss the pressures that the festive period can create for young people, what they can do to support themselves, and how parents and family members can support the young people in their lives to create the happiest Christmas period possible.

We hope you enjoy listening to the show, and huge thanks to Nikki for sharing her thoughts and insights with us!

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The festive season can be a very difficult time of year for many people, with the possibility of family conflict, social anxiety, and unrealistic expectations.

We've collated some supportive resources on our new HeadStart Support and Guidance platform

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4YP Talking Heads at Bantock Primary School - Part Two

In the latest episode of the 4YP Show, children from Year 6 at Bantock Primary continue to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions on a variety of questions:

  • "Who is your greatest role model?"
  • "What's the most difficult thing about being a young person today?"
  • "What makes you angry?"
  • "What is your biggest fear?"
  • "What are your hopes and dreams for the future?"

They speak with great honesty, insight and thoughtfulness.

We hope you enjoy listening to the show! If you haven't listened already, make sure you listen to Part One!

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4YP Talking Heads at Bantock Primary School - Part One

In the latest episode of the 4YP Show, children from Year 6 at Bantock Primary share their thoughts, feelings and opinions on a variety of questions:

  • "Who do you talk to when you're sad and need advice?"
  • "What makes you proud?"
  • "What makes you happy?"
  • "What has been the biggest challenge of your life?"
  • "What's your favourite thing about yourself?"

They speak with great honesty, insight and thoughtfulness.

We hope you enjoy listening to the show! Look out for another podcast from Bantock at the start of next week.

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4YP Radio at The Orchard with Kia and Ollie: a conversation about bullying

In the latest episode of the 4YP Radio Show, I returned to The Orchard Centre to meet with Kia and Ollie, two young people with personal experiences of bullying in their secondary schools.

In the conversation, we discuss what happened to them, the effect that bullying had upon them and their families, and how they were the target for online bullying on FaceBook and Instagram.

Many thanks to Kia and Ollie for speaking with me - we hope that the show is a thought-provoking listen for other young people and professionals who work with young people in schools or the community.

Bullying and mental health - in conversation with Jodie Goodacre, Time to Change Young Champion

As part of our podcast theme for November of anti-bullying, I spoke last week to Jodie Goodacre. Jodie is one of Time To Change's Young Champions, young people with direct experience of mental health issues who work alongside the Time To Change team to break down the stigma around mental health. Jodie also posts to her own blog at www.justagirlinterrupted.com.

We are Time to Change, the growing social movement changing how we all think and act about mental health. Still too many people are made to feel ashamed or isolated because they have a mental health problem but we’re here to change that.
— Time To Change

In our conversation, we discuss the impact of bullying upon mental health, the additional challenges resulting from cyberbullying, and how schools can work to support young people.

The podcast was recorded over the internet, so the audio is occasionally 'iffy', but Jodie's insights, borne of direct experience of working with vulnerable young people in the community, are both thoughtful and thought-provoking. We hope you enjoy listening to the show.

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Jodie Goodacre


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