The purpose of the project is to equip young people to develop a healthy self-esteem, mental and emotional wellbeing. We do this by helping young people to develop a growth mindset, creating helpful thinking patterns and enabling the young person to start to understand their potential, realising future aspirations and set goals for the future.
Although low self-esteem is not categorized as a mental health condition in itself, there are clear links between the way we feel about ourselves and our overall mental and emotional wellbeing.
A U.K. based charity called ‘Teenage Minds’ defines self-esteem as “how a person feels about themselves and what they do.”
A person with high self-esteem believes they are a good person; they can recognize their good qualities and will generally strive for a happy and successful life. Someone with low self-esteem has negative feelings about themselves, believing that they are not worthy of love, happiness or success. With research linking low self-esteem to mental health issues and poor quality of life, this is a potentially dangerous way to live.
This is why the Flourish project has been developed to see self-esteem issues tackled and bring about personal change, improving society. Through placing positive role models as mentors in educational settings to see young people’s life’s changed.
Below are some statistics highlighting the needs nationally:
Since the project starting Flourish has worked with over 300 young people in 5 different schools.
We have seen anaverage increase in the following areas:
· 24% increase in self-esteem.
· 18% improvement in mental wellbeing.
· 16% improvement in happiness.
These statistics are the current average across all the programs completed to date. The information was captured using recognised evaluation tools, which measure a young persons self-esteem, mental wellbeing and happiness at the start and end of a program. The results reveal that the Flourish project is making a difference in the lives of the young people!
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