Mental Wealth Programme

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Mental Wealth Programme
  • The Body Image Project

    Poor body image affects engagement in the classroom, school attendance, performance, achievement and confidence. It’s an issue that affects many adolescents’ mental and physical health, and has an impact on academic performance.

    This programme is run in conjunction with the Centre for Appearance Research at UWE Bristol and is consistently evaluated to enable continuous improvement of body image education.

    Starting in September 2017, the Body Image project uses interventions aimed at improving confidence and self-belief:

    • Dissonance-based intervention (DBI) is an interactive programme that asks young people to challenge appearance ideals and pressures.
    • Mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) engages students in present moment awareness and non-judgemental acceptance.
    • Classes as usual (control) - but these schools will get the same training and intervention six months later.
    • We’re aiming to engage with four classes of Year 9s from 18 schools. Each student will take part in five lessons per week, delivered by their class teachers, who will be supplied with training and resources.

    We’ll then review success by selecting students and teachers to give feedback.

    Please note that recruitment for this project has now closed.

  • The Emotional Resilience Project

    Emotional resilience is essential to effective learning.

    This programme works with the principle “how you think determines how you feel, rather than letting how you feel determine how you think”. The purpose is to shift student responses to difficulties to a more positive approach.

    By teaching students the ‘seven skills of resilience’, we’re helping them to deal with stressful situations. We’re also helping them to enhance their sense of self agency, confidence and aspirations. Plus, by using peer-to-peer discussion groups, the project enables students to understand the resilience skills within their own environment, context and lived experience.

    During 2017/18, resilience workshops were piloted by the UWE Bristol Wellbeing Service with Student Ambassador support in partnership with City of Bristol College to City of Bristol College students. Currently, the workshops are being developed under the curriculum enhanced BoxED programme with the aim of offering a hands-on resilience BoxED activity to Future Quest school sixth forms from early 2019. 

    If you’re interested and want to find out more, please email

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