Altruist Enterprises is committed to reducing the stigma surrounding and raising awareness of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing in schools. Its programs encourage children to prioritise their mental health, communicate openly with one another and be considerate of how mental health problems affect young people.
Altruist Enterprises offers a variety of mental health courses to both students and teachers.
Altruist Enterprises provides interactive mental health awareness workshops and PSHE days for young people aged 9 – 19 years, developed in partnership with Forward Thinking Birmingham and the University of Birmingham. Our young peoples workshops are specifically targeted either towards primary or secondary schools, lasting between 50 minutes to 1 hour. In Primary schools we focus on communication and understanding how to manage emotions. This builds a foundation for correct awareness regarding mental and emotional wellbeing upon which participants mental health may flourish. In Secondary schools, we maintain this focus but also inform participates about mental ill-health including early warning signs of poor mental health and symptoms of mental illness. All participates receive a 10 to 15 minute talk from a young person about their experience of mental ill-health in which we encourage open conversation to reduce stigma and suggest coping mechanisms to support mental wellbeing. In addition, all participates are signposted towards and receive a card including mental health services relevant to young people.
Altruist Enterprises also offers two courses for teachers. We offer Mental Health: Supporting Young People, a 3 hour course or 1.5 hour twilight workshop, which helps participants to better understand, identify and support young people experiencing issues with their mental health. It covers what mental health is, stigma and discrimination, risk and protective factors as well as, coping mechanisms, identifying early signs of mental health problems and implementing appropriate strategies of support. Further, we also provide Youth Mental Health First Aid. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a two-day internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years. On completion of this training, candidates are certified as ‘Youth Mental Health First Aiders’. This course includes how to provide first aid for people experiences severe symptoms of mental ill-health for example panic attacks, self-harm and suicide. YMHFA also informs participates regarding how to prevent young peoples symptoms becoming more severe, helping them recover quicker and safeguarding young people against harm.
In addition to the above-mentioned courses Altruist enterprises also offer bespoke programs to suit the individual needs of students and teachers.