Creating sustainable paths to happiness within young people
of school leaders report an increase in students experiencing anxiety or stress, and low mood or depression over the last 5 years
of young people said that they would like their school or college to teach them more about how to look after their mental health
of young people say that exam pressure has significantly impacted their mental health
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"We are very happy about the work Tom did with our son. He quickly built a strong rapport and made everything feel very engaging by the range of activities used during the coaching. Our son really appreciated having someone that he felt comfortable discussing how he felt and working with someone that ‘got him’, like we do. As a result, his relationship with us has improved and he has made some really positive moves at school and with his peers."
Mel ~ Parent
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That’s me in the picture (on the left)…well how else do you teach about bacteria?
But let’s give some context. This experience with a charity partner way back in 2014 was probably the moment I realised I enjoyed connecting with young people. As well as working with communities and local government to improve education & awareness around health, hygiene and sanitation, I began to believe that we had a secondary purpose: to emotionally invest in young people. In many aspects we helped each other grow and I was certainly a different person on that flight home. I felt immensely rewarded, making a positive difference to young peoples' experiences and maybe in some small way, changing lives.
Since that moment, I have worked with a huge variety of people: aged from four to twenty-four! I've taught in state schools, boarding school and in alternative provision. I've conducted mindfulness up mountains, delivered courses on wellbeing in children's homes, bushcraft in the forests and led expeditions both internationally & domestically. The one constant being the connections and relationships built working with young people and the mutual respect I work hard to foster.