Nudge Minds: A pathway to create robust, resilient & reflective young minds.
Our wellbeing service was born of a sharp concern for a common lack of mental wellness that we noticed amongst the children and adolescents we work with, many of whom have dropped out of education through becoming disengaged with life, not just school. Our interventions focus on identifying and addressing immediate areas of concern or poor habit in order to embed positive habits for the longer term. We work with inspiring mental health professionals to deliver their expertise in support of our mission, deploying a creative approach and tailoring therapeutic sessions to the individual so as to align with their personal interests and aspirations. For a life worth living.
We BASE OUR INTERVENTIONS AROUND 5 evidence-based CORNERSTONES OF GOOD PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Staying physically active works and strengthens the mind as much as the body. We teach the importance of exercise and how to recognise the difference in yourself post-movement. We may do anything from sports like badminton, swimming or yoga to long walks at the coast to activities like trampolining, rock climbing and go karting and more.
Creating something brings joy, achievement and gets the brain in motion. We get inventing with our young people in all sorts of ways with the important mantra that the sky's the limit. We may do anything from getting busy with tools on wood, bikes or engines to painting, photography and filmmaking to crafts, cooking and more.
A healthy, varied diet leads to a clear body and mind. We educate our youngsters in making good food choices, having treats in moderation and trying new things. We shop and cook with them to put our advice into practise and give them the opportunity to experience food in its fullness - not for mere fuel or sugar-high.
Quality rest is vital for productive brain function and energy levels. We encourage good habits to benchmark and set effective rest and sleep patterns. This may be anything from gaining more exercise, avoiding sugar before bedtime, learning the value and methods of finding quiet in a loud world or using technology as a help rather than a hindrance e.g. using mindfulness apps and alarms but avoiding gaming late at night.
Taking a breath and a bit of time to reflect on what ‘good’ looks like means you’re more likely to know what to head towards. We create the space for our youngsters to do this through our interactions and activities. For some, we adopt a therapeutic approach and offer counselling, for others we motivate them to self-assess and take charge of their future. For all we listen, encourage and evaluate situations together.
How we work:
Once a referral is made, we begin with an initial assessment of the young person we’ve been asked to support. This assessment is to build a complete and historical picture of their lifestyle and so we gather information directly from the young person and also from parents/carers and any other professional agencies around them. We then create and deliver our bespoke interventions, setting goals and deploying a Nudge Minds Practitioner with a 1:1 ratio or in small groups. Throughout our engagement we conduct a bi-weekly review of how things are going and provide qualitative evidencing of the young person’s progress, presenting a summative report upon completion of the programme.
Who we help:
We are wholly inclusive at Nudge Minds and look to support anyone who asks for our help to the best of our ability. We most often support young people who are experiencing difficulty with social connection, family environments, physical health or hygiene issues, mental health problems including lack of self-worth, anxiety, stress and depression - but the list doesn’t end there. Please get in touch if you would like any further information.