Big Umbrella is an early intervention project aimed at building young people’s resilience and equipping them with the skills to manage and maintain good mental wellbeing..
Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been delivering services and support to children and young people for over 16 years. We were part of a hugely successful national DfE (Department for Education) funded project called The Big Umbrella which was piloted in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Tameside, Oldham and Northumberland and have since been successful in securing a further seven years funding for this project as part of our partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust (CWPT) for our joint service, Rise.
In an average classroom:
- 10 young people will have witnessed their parents separate.
- 8 will have experienced severe physical violence, sexual abuse or neglect.
- 7 will have been bullied.
- 1 will have experienced the death of a parent.
Big Umbrella is delivered in three ways:
Whole school assembly
This might be the first time a young person has heard about mental health and our aim is to raise awareness and talk openly about mental health. Our assembly explores what mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience is and provides a brief focus on coping mechanisms.
Children and young people might then be part of our workshop which is delivered to individual classes. Our workshop is open and friendly and we want to equip young people with the skills to help them talk about and deal with their emotions, as well as giving them an understanding of what resilience means and how they can build their own resilience.
One to one support sessions
If a young person meets the criteria for our service, we will offer them a session to talk to a trained professional to explore what is available and what might be helpful. We’ll also agree together when and if we need to meet again for further sessions and plan what we might cover. Our one to one sessions are designed to support young people’s understanding of their own mental health and to give them the tools to stay well. We will also support schools by signposting them to other appropriate services if necessary.
For further information, please contact:
Sabrina Gardner-Orr, Team Leader
Coventry & Warwickshire Mind
141 Far Gosford Street
t: 024 76 631835