When it comes to the mental health crisis enveloping our society, there is a significant emphasis on putting out fires. At iheart, we believe in preventing fires. Our transformative approach to supporting young people, teachers and parents is based on our core belief that: ‘we have everything we need inside us ‘which is uniquely focused on mental wellness, prevention and education.

What is unique about our approach?

  • Prevention: We look to prevent fires rather than put out fires.

  • Health: We believe in mental wellness, not a mental illness.

  • Education: We educate people about their innate well-being, going beyond awareness.

 

What are the iheart Principles?

The iheart Principles describe how the human psychological system is an intelligent system based on a clear logic that explains the source of all feeling states, emotions and felt experiences. This system has Wellbeing built into it and is always working in a logical way, which enables us to self-correct and reconnect with our Wellbeing.

 

What we teach?

iheart, which stands for Innate Health Education and Resilience Training, is underpinned by an overarching question of enquiry: Do you think someone, or something, is putting a feeling in you? The answer to this question, either ‘yes’ or ‘no’, acts as a compass, informing us if we are on or off track and reconnects us with our innate Wellbeing and resilience. Our innovative educational approach teaches young people about their innate resilience and Wellbeing, empowering them with the confidence to overcome challenges and fulfil their potential.

 

Why do the iheart Principles matter – what difference do they make?

These Principles teach that mental health and Wellbeing – which includes deeper unconditional feelings of hope, peace of mind, kindness, gratitude, security, motivation, wisdom and resilience – is innate and available to all people, crucially informing us that:

  • Wellbeing is our natural state, and it can never be damaged, lost or broken.

  • No one and no thing can put a feeling in us.

  • No one and no thing can give us Wellbeing or take our Wellbeing away.

  • When we think that someone or something can put a feeling in us, it means we have outsourced our Wellbeing and overlooked the fact that it is innate.

 

What is the iheart Curriculum?

A preventative mental health education programme for young people aged 10-18 delivered over the course of 11-group sessions. Built on a scaffolded approach to learning, each session has its own clear learning objective and a mix of interactive discussions, activities, self-reflections, summary slides, animations, videos and group exercises.

 

What we do

We support young people, parents, schools and educators by providing a range of specialised courses & programmes on mental health education, resilience & Wellbeing for:

  • Young People & Children

  • Teachers, School Staff & Senior Leaders

  • Facilitators & Youth Workers

  • Parents & Families

 

The difference iheart makes (impact/outcomes)

Based on the iheart Impact & Outcomes Framework, we expect to see the following improvements in the lives of the young people we work with:

  • Resilience & Wellbeing, e.g. self-esteem, dealing with setbacks, coping skills.

  • Mental Health,e.g. anxiety, stress, depression, self-harm, addictive behaviours.

  • Motivation, e.g. progress, attendance, perseverance, problem-solving & attainment.

  • Behaviour, e.g. self-regulation, exclusions, disruption, anger, aggression.

  • Relationships, e.g. tolerance, respect for difference, teamwork, positive relationships with teachers, peers and family member

 

Our Wellbeing & Resilience programme is 11-sessions and will help children and parents navigate:

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Pressure and Deadlines

  • Dealing with challenging behaviour

  • Accessing more confidence

  • Responding vs Reacting

  • Habitual and additictive behaverioul patterns

  • Worrying about future uncertainty

  • Listening and Understanding

  • Relationships with friends, parents and others

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