Our Aims

“It’s ok not to be ok”

We want to help…

…To raise awareness of the impact of poor mental health, in particular the significant effect it has on young people

…To encourage more people to be able to speak openly about their feelings, no matter how big or small

…To reduce some of the stigma which surrounds mental health problems

…To encourage anyone who feels down, low or feeling unable to cope …by helping them to learn in different ways to communicate their feelings

…To support schools to raise awareness and increase understanding of how important it is for young people to be open about their feelings

What we’d like to achieve

Talks

We want to share our story by talking to teachers in local schools and students about the challenge of poor mental health and why it’s so important to speak out!

Schools

Providing schools with much needed funding, to help teachers and support staff to enhance their knowledge of mental health wellbeing with specific training courses.

Promotion

Promoting mental health awareness more broadly, using events such as a Mental Health Week to bring focus to the subject and helping young people find different ways to communicate …through art, music, creative writing and sport including yoga and meditation. We believe we can do this through provision during school clubs and lunch time clubs, this can help with creativity and mindfulness.

Partnering

Developing affiliations with other professionals who can provide appropriate support as required for example counsellors, so if somebody asks for help we can sign post them to the appropriate professional and the waiting time they experience when they need help is drastically reduced.

Mental health is a massive challenge for society. We’re bringing local focus…to help individual problems.

Follow us on Instagram

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Who else enjoyed walking into the Dinner and Dance last week listening to @rock_choir ?

They were amazing! Thank you again for getting everyone ready for an evening of entertainment 🎶

Getting involved with a group doing something you love, either performing arts or sports, can improve your mental health. It can give you a purpose and help prevent your mind going into overdrive.

It’s ok not to be ok
Together we are stronger
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The Grace Dear Trust Dinner & Dance 2019 💃

Starting last year in a small Italian restaurant in Surrey to last week, having nearly 200 people supporting us. Our annual Dinner and Dance is our opportunity to share with you all the great work we are doing in partnership with our local schools.

We won’t stop until our young people are getting the support they so desperately need!

Thank you just isn’t enough! We are overwhelmed with the support and generosity of everyone who joined us last Friday and made the night one to remember 💜

It’s ok not to be ok
Together we are stronger.
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Mondays can make everyone feel blue.

Just remember today is a new day, November is a new month and Mondays are the start of a new week!

Go out today and set yourself a measurable goal. Sometimes, when we feel we have completed something then it can give us a new burst of energy 🔋

What are your goals this week?

It’s ok not to be ok
Together we are stronger
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Tolworth Girls' School
Thank you @hopevirgo_ for sharing your story so openly, providing staff and parents information on how we can best support someone who is struggling, and opening up the conversation around eating disorders 💜

Hope delivered sessions for us last night at our partnering school @tolworthgirlsschool

We hope everyone who came found the evening useful.

This is just the beginning!

Together we are stronger
It’s ok not to be ok