25 Jul

Year of Pain!

Some of you may have already seen that we have a team about to embark on a year of pain to raise funds for Bedazzle

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As a new charity we already have lots of exciting partnerships and projects in the pipeline but like any organisation we need to raise funds to help us realise our aims and objectives. We have a small team of adults who have already agreed to contribute to our year of pain to help raise funds through sponsorship for the charity. The first event we are signed up to is the Birmingham Great Run Half Marathon, which is happening on October 16th. Why not embrace the spirit of the Olympics over summer and come and train with us for this event? We will also be participating in a number of runs, triathlons and “tough mudder” style competitions as we move through the year so keep an eye out for updates.

For now, if you can spare any change to help motivate the team you can donate directly on our crowdfunder page. We have a high target and need your help to help us help others: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bedazzleuk

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25 Jul

Mental Health – Stamp Out Stigma

On July 12th, Hendon School hosted its first student-led mental health conference entitled “Stamp Out Stigma”.

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Immediately, the catchy name and hashtag (#SOS) sticks in people’s minds and helps promote the cause. On the day it was very impressive to see over 100 guests from different schools and organisations across Barnet, ranging from year 7s to year 13s and staff members, which shows how seriously people are now taking mental health.

A keynote speaker started the day off with a presentation which opened the eyes of the audience; through videos, anecdotal stories and explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy. There were two workshop sessions, one on either side of a lunch break and each with about 5 different sessions running.  The workshops ranged from emotional eating, understanding self-harm, yoga and physical remedies, social media and mental health, as well as stress management which I myself took part in.

Outside professionals ran the workshops and feedback was positive throughout. The stress management one I was involved in taught us about small day-to-day adjustments we can make to calm our minds and perform at our best more often. For example: drinking plenty of water, talking about our problems, and even hugging more often. I think it’s fair to say that everyone who came along learnt at least one thing about mental health on the day and that is certainly an issue people are keen to raise awareness of. Here at Bedazzle we are already planning how we can help other schools promote mental health and well being in a positive way and help to Stamp Out Stigma! What will you pledge to do?

If you would like to organise a similar event for your school, send us a message and we will get back to you!

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