Who We Are and What We Do
Julian Campbell Foundation (JCF) is a charity that supports children and young people suffering from any type of diagnosed mental distress.
We work in the prevention of mental health illness by promoting awareness about the importance of early detection.
We help children and teenagers who have undiagosed forms of mental distress such as stress, anxiety or depression which could show up as bulimia or self harming.
We help managing their moods and we now refer those with diagnosable mood conditions to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
We have adapted our focus as we have seen more of a need to support our young people in the beginning stages so we can teach them techniques which help them turn things around before its too late. Also, we give them skills to promote their emotional intelligence and make them more resilient and deal with any future crisis more purposefully.
Who are we? Why do we exist?
Here is how we began Julian Campbell Foundation.
By Jacqueline Campbell
Julian Campbell Foundation (JCF) is named in memory of my brother Julian. Intelligent, gorgeous, handsome and very talented, he battled with bipolar disorder throughout his life. Due to his struggles, ten years ago, Julian took his own life.
I started thinking of all the things that if they were available for him, would have changed the outcome of his life. Also, as an ex school teacher, I knew that schools would be the best place to start! So, my question for everything was, what would Julian have thought? Would it have made a difference to him?
Prevention is the key!! We do this by showing young people and those around them how to identify mood and how to shift it when you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. This way, they can manage their mood for the rest of their lives.
To promote the importance of this, we started a youth wellbeing movement on World Mental Health day 10th October 2017, where we will promote the importance of young people leading lives that inspire them.
How else to we champion mental health?
– We work in the community and train mentors (with an accredited course) who support young people in managing their wellbeing.
– We do psycho drama workshops in schools. A fun way of getting an important message across.
– We have a teacher training programme – to help them identify and manage their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the children they teach.
Teacher Training Programme
Our Teacher Training Programmes are designed for professionals working with children to identify young people in mental distress early on as research shows that a young person waits on average, up to 10 to 12 years from the time of showing symptoms of mental ill health to the time they start receiving treatment for their condition.
To promote mental health and well-being in our society, early identification and management is crucial. Currently in UK schools nationwide, 39% teaching staff have mental health training and can identify the 20% to 30% of young people suffering from mental distress. This leaves the majority of teachers and non-teaching staff un-informed about what it actually looks like when young people are dealing with mental difficulties.
The more children and young people will receive specialist help, resulting in improved mental health, the starker the reduction in suicide and self harm within this group will be.
We work particularly with young people who experience mood disorders. More recently we have additionally worked with those suffering from mental health issues resulting from the trauma of moving; refugees and asylum seekers who have moved country and may also have been moved around the UK, and people who have been moved from high rise accommodation that has been considered unsafe.
Our drama workshops
Acting Up! is of great value because it is for all young people, not just those that need help and support. For this reason, its of benefit to prevent young people falling into mental illness, as it helps them to identify their mood and to manage it.
Acting Up! is a drama workshop which shows the main four mood states, depressed, calm (both low energy) and action and stress (both high energy states) and demonstrate how easily we all can shift from one mood state to the next, sometimes, in the blink of an eye. Then, the young people are shown how to detect the mood of their friend (sometimes stressed or anxious) then reflect the mood of their friend, before suggesting doing something to encourage their friend do change their mood.
This high energy workshop is followed by other class to reinforce these methods of mood management and are of benefit to supporting young people manage their stress anxiety depression.
Amongst the feedback from our students have been the surprise that depression isn’t a fixed thing, its changeable. Many students told us they would use what they had learned to manage their anxiety before their exams.
Mentor training is to take place over six weeks, and will comprise
Six weeks of mentor training that will be theory based:
• 2 week health and safety comprising first aid, risk assessment, mood assessment
• 2 week project based assessment around aspects of mental health investigating causes of mental health in teenagers
• 2 week practice session to practice and develop skills to develop effective mentoring
In order to achieve a Level 3 mentoring qualification (awarded through NOCN, the National Open College Network) trainee mentors need two to three placements. The training will therefore comprise two stages:
• Six weeks of the mentor training programme
• Two to three 12 week placements where the mentor will supervise mentees using pre-prepared policies and procedures
These are our targets for the two-year project:-
• By the end of the project, 40 mentors will have been trained.
• Of the 40 mentors, 80% will have received a certificate
• Each mentor will normally work with one mentee; however it is envisaged that some mentors will have serial mentees and may support two or three young people during the course of the project. Therefore, it is envisaged that around 100 young people will be supported across the three London Boroughs (Enfield, Waltham Forest and Haringey) 90% of evaluations from mentoring training should express satisfaction with the training
• 80% of mentees should describe positive benefits on their life, as a result of the mentoring
• 70% of professionals consulted will be able to describe positive benefits from the mentoring programme.