What HeadsUP Offer

We believe you can’t be too young to start looking after your mental health and therefore will be offering sessions to all groups throughout primary, secondary and college ages.

HeadsUP offer FREE sessions, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund & The Tesco Centenary Fund, to get young people confident in talking about mental health, empower and equip them to look after their mental health and educate on the positive relationship between mental and physical health.

I’m interested in the free sessions

We currently have four different projects running:

Run With your Feelings: We are offering these sessions free of charge to schools and youth groups in Devon. We work with young people aged 4-18, delivering sessions on topics such as:

  • What is mental health?
  • The difference between mental health and mental illness
  • How to look after your mental health
  • The media (including social media) and mental health
  • Self confidence
  • Building resilience
  • Mental health and physical health

We’ve Got This: Currently a pilot programme being offered free of charge to feeder schools of Exmouth Community College. Sessions are being delivered to Year 6 in the Autumn and Spring term with a follow up session in the Summer term. We will then meet up again in Year 7 to recap and review. The sessions will look at:

  • Understanding what worry and anxiety are
  • Learning how to recognise worry and anxiety in oneself and others
  • What actions should we take when we feel these emotions?
  • Anxieties and worries around secondary school

We will be joint delivering some sessions with current pupils from Exmouth Community College where they will share testimonies about their positive experiences of making new friends, fitting in, succeeding with school work, adjusting to new friendships etc. A few scenarios will then be explored where pupils found it challenging in the first instance but then succeeded and how they did this.

Youth Sport clubs and teams: Free of charge mental health awareness sessions for clubs and teams in Devon.

We offer youth team coaches sessions covering:

  • What is mental health and mental health statistics
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health issues 
  • Talking confidently about mental health 
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Signposting

The session would be about 2 hours – including time for questions and concerns. We also offer sessions for youth team players and parents covering: How we can look after our own mental health; Sport & Mental Health; Where to go for support.

These sessions are around 45 mins and the content would change depending on the age of the group attending.

Peer Education Training: Free training for primary and secondary pupils who want to educate their peers.

We offer a programme of training to pupils so they can successfully deliver mental health awareness sessions to their peers.

The basis of peer education is that the teacher and student are equals, with similar backgrounds, as opposed to the traditional teacher/student relationship. Peer Education is becoming an increasingly popular educational tool, both in schools and the community, due to the benefits for all involved. For the peer educators, benefits can include positive changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence. Students taught by their peers can identify with their educator, which allows the development of positive relationships and a greater level of trust between teacher and student.

Out of Devon? We can offer the sessions above for a chargeable amount.

We also offer tailor made sessions (1-1 or small groups) for young people aged 4-18 around any issues that effect their wellbeing. This for example could be anxiety, low mood, anger, exam stress (SATS, GCSE’s), bullying, supporting peers and family with mental illness. Please get in touch for more information on our programmes and pricing (we can help identify funding sources to help towards the cost if needed).

I’m interested in tailor made sessions

Feedback: –

Brixington Primary Academy – “Thank you so much for coming in and delivering such a relevant and engaging sessions. We have discussed our emotions a lot since the session and it has been great for the children to have a bank of strategies that they can use”.

Honiton Primary School – “Thank you PB. Tilly and I have already used some of the calming down techniques with children this week. Please come back and visit us again”!

Whimple Primary School – “The feedback from both staff and children was very positive. Activities were engaging and about the right length. The session was thought-provoking for the children”.

Coach feedback:

“I have leant so much from this workshop. So glad I did it and it opened my eyes how big this (mental health issues) problem is and what we can do to improve it.”

Parent feedback:

“Really useful. This is something that all players and parents should attend”.

“Very good presentation and to the point. Timing was spot on and that kept the players and parents interested throughout.”

Players feedback:

“It was good because it helped me understand mental health”

“Very informative, great start to tackling mental health in football”