Mental Health Awareness - Stress Management - For Students - For Teachers - For Business

We are Educating Minds

What We Do

About Educating Minds

Educating Minds provides workshops in schools which are ultimately designed to reduce cost and improve performance. The workshops teach skills based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques which are quick and easy to implement. We aim to reduce the cost of sickness absence incurred through stress and other mental health disorders as well as improve the mental health of students, thereby improving performance and helping schools to achieve their overall goals.

Teachers and lecturers are at high risk of experiencing work related stress, depression and anxiety due to the increasing demands of the role. Indeed, we have observed during our careers as psychotherapists that a large percentage of our client group work in schools and universities. The statistics below indicate the level of the problem we target. We are therefore keen to promote a healthy workforce using preventative strategies.

Out of a surveyed 3 500 teachers:
68% have considered quitting in the last year
50% have seen a doctor relating to work problems
13% had counselling
2% self harm due to stress

‘Absence protection’, a provider of insurance for the education sector, said that stress is the biggest reason for staff absence and that 55% of their customers made a claim on their policy due to being off with work stress.

We have also noted that a significant proportion of our clients report mental health difficulties originating in adolescence. It has been widely reported that common mental health disorders negatively impact on academic performance and social functioning. We believe that effective recognition and early management will be of great benefit to students and their future development. The importance of this has been highlighted by the “Mental Health and Behaviour in schools” advice document published by the Department of Education in June 2014, which states that 1 in 10 young people aged between 5 and 16 have a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder.

“According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scars than almost anything else.”

J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix

Services

Educating Minds provides workshops for schools as below. These can be tailor made to suit your individual requirements on request

Mental Health Awareness for Teachers

The “Mental Health and Behaviour in schools” advice document, published by the Department of Education in June 2014 highlights the importance of teacher’s awareness of common mental health problems and their presentation. This workshop provides teachers with the knowledge they need to identify mental health disorders in students and understand how it impacts on their education.

Increasing awareness of common mental health problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • OCD
  • Health anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm

Stress Management for Staff

 HSE.gov.uk states that teachers are within the top 3 professional staffing groups to experience work related stress, depression and anxiety which in turn creates high rates of sickness absence. Indeed, this equates to on average, 23 working days lost for each person experiencing such difficulties. This workshop therefore provides strategies for managing stress, to enable teachers (including lecturers), and non teaching staff, to stay healthy and perform to a high level and includes the topics below.

  • Signs and symptoms of stress in yourself and others
  • How to achieve a healthy work/life balance
  • Managing confrontation and criticism
  • Negative thoughts and their impact
  • Perfectionism
  • Problem Solving

Mental Health Awareness for Students

 The mental health charity ‘Mind’states that one in four people will experience a mental health difficulty in any given year. Indeed, the charity, ‘Young Minds’ says that the rate of young people with depression aged 15-16 has doubled from the 1980’s to the current time and that 39% of their calls are related to exam stress.  This workshop therefore teaches students to recognise symptoms of mental health difficulties in themselves and others. It also advises where help and support can be sought.

Helping students to identify common mental health problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Worry
  • Stress
  • OCD
  • Health anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm

Further Workshops

We offer workshops designed to meet the needs of staff and students. We currently offer the workshops as below, but can tailor make any workshop that you feel would be helpful within your setting.

  • Depression
  • Assertiveness
  • Perfectionism
  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Mindfulness and relaxation

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The Team

Jenna Sellis

Jenna Sellis

BSc (Hons), MRes, PG Cert, PG Dip

Jenna works privately as a CBT therapist and is currently contracted to a specialist eating disorder service which has a strong focus on providing input for young people. She also provides sessional work for the Priory in Birmingham working with a number of different mental health presentations. Jenna has over 6 years experience in working with common mental health difficulties which has included a role dedicated to the delivery of body image workshops within schools. She has also delivered a number of stress management workshops aimed at wide variety of clients. As well as clinical experience, Jenna has a keen interest in research and is a published author in the area of eating disorders. She has also taught on courses at the University of Nottingham.

Kate Southwell

Kate Southwell

BSc (Hons), Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip

Kate has over 8 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and supervisor. With qualifications in CBT, EMDR and Counselling, she now works in private practice, contracting to NHS services, an online CBT service and a charity who work with people bereaved through homicide. She also spent 2 years working for a local rape crisis team, supporting victims through forensic medical examination, and specialises in trauma, OCD and common mental health difficulties. Kate works sessionally as a lecturer at the University of Lincoln and has worked for courses at the University of Nottingham as a teacher and assessor.

Stephanie McCoy

Stephanie McCoy

BSc (Hons), PG Cert, PG Dip

Stephanie is a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with over 8 years experience working within mental health settings, for the NHS and privately. She also has a qualification in EMDR. Having worked in deprived areas throughout her career, Stephanie has insight into the effects social deprivation has on the whole family. Stephanie has regularly run psycho-education groups in the areas of anxiety and depression. She works in a prominent university city with many patients presenting with long standing low self-esteem. Having French as a second language has been invaluable in a multi-cultural setting and she has worked as a translator of stress management workshops in a business setting. Stephanie has also worked as a clinical assessor for the University of Nottingham.

Jenna Sellis

Jenna Sellis

BSc (Hons), MRes, PG Cert, PG Dip

Jenna works privately as a CBT therapist and is currently contracted to a specialist eating disorder service which has a strong focus on providing input for young people. She also provides sessional work for the Priory in Birmingham working with a number of different mental health presentations. Jenna has over 6 years experience in working with common mental health difficulties which has included a role dedicated to the delivery of body image workshops within schools. She has also delivered a number of stress management workshops aimed at wide variety of clients. As well as clinical experience, Jenna has a keen interest in research and is a published author in the area of eating disorders. She has also taught on courses at the University of Nottingham.

Kate Southwell

Kate Southwell

BSc (Hons), Cert, PG Cert, PG Dip

Kate has over 8 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and supervisor. With qualifications in CBT, EMDR and Counselling, she now works in private practice, contracting to NHS services, an online CBT service and a charity who work with people bereaved through homicide. She also spent 2 years working for a local rape crisis team, supporting victims through forensic medical examination, and specialises in trauma, OCD and common mental health difficulties. Kate works sessionally as a lecturer at the University of Lincoln and has worked for courses at the University of Nottingham as a teacher and assessor.

Stephanie McCoy

Stephanie McCoy

BSc (Hons), PG Cert, PG Dip

Stephanie is a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with over 8 years experience working within mental health settings, for the NHS and privately. She also has a qualification in EMDR. Having worked in deprived areas throughout her career, Stephanie has insight into the effects social deprivation has on the whole family. Stephanie has regularly run psycho-education groups in the areas of anxiety and depression. She works in a prominent university city with many patients presenting with long standing low self-esteem. Having French as a second language has been invaluable in a multi-cultural setting and she has worked as a translator of stress management workshops in a business setting. Stephanie has also worked as a clinical assessor for the University of Nottingham.

Events

Please see below for our upcoming events. Use the ‘book now’ button to book directly onto the course. Our workshops are open to anyone who works in an education setting and can be booked by individuals or their schools.

Lightbulb Moment – Switch on Stress Management
Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln, LN1 3DY
23/04/2019 1.30pm-4.30pm

This workshop is designed to help you understand and manage stress. You will be given a series of practical tools which can be put into practice straight away to alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with being under pressure. The workshop includes the following topics:

  • The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model of stress
  • How to work towards a healthy work/life balance
  • Behvaioural activation
  • Relaxation skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Noticing negative and unhelpful thinking styles
  • Challenging problematic thoughts
  • Perfectionism
  • How to get a better nights sleep
  • Worry

What a great way to start looking after yourself!

BOOK NOW – for the Lincoln event


Lightbulb Moment – Switch on Stress Management
271 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 9NB
24/04/18 1.30pm-4.30pm

This workshop is designed to help you understand and manage stress. You will be given a series of practical tools which can be put into practice straight away to alleviate the distressing symptoms that come with being under pressure. The workshop includes the following topics:

  • The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy model of stress
  • How to work towards a healthy work/life balance
  • Behvaioural activation
  • Relaxation skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Noticing negative and unhelpful thinking styles
  • Challenging problematic thoughts
  • Perfectionism
  • How to get a better nights sleep
  • Worry

What a great way to start looking after yourself

BOOK NOW – for the Birmingham event

 

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