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Adult Mental Health

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Men, is it time to talk?

Mentell provides free circles for men aged 18+ to talk (or just listen) in a safe and confidential space, free from advice and judgement. 

Online Circles

You can access Mentell's circles online, for free, every Monday at 7pm.

Local Circles

Local circles take place in-person at different venues around the country.

The 7 Principles

The principles guide every Mentell session that takes place online or offline. All members are asked to familiarise with them.


Every member in the circle has the right to a safe space, free from any form of abuse or intimidation.


Your personal details and the information that you share within the circle, stays within the circle.


Regardless of background, faith, beliefs or appearance, every member has the right to be respected for who they are.

Free of Judgement

The circle is a space for people to share sensitive thoughts and feelings, you are invited to do so free from any judgement.

Free of Commitment

You are free to come to Mentell’s circles as and when you choose. You will never be asked to make any formal commitments. Members have free access for life.

Free of Advice

Members share their personal experiences without directing thoughts, feelings or beliefs to any other member within the circle.

Freedom to Share or Listen

Everybody has the right to share within the circle, equally there is no obligation to share. The choice is always yours.


For more information go to the Mentell website at Mentell – Men, is it time to talk?

Jo Howarth from The Happiness Club ran a resilience training session for staff at Wistaston Church Lane Academy on Friday 23rd October. Having defined resilience, she went on to give us some great practical techniques for dealing with stress. Her advice can be found in this booklet. For more information on The Happiness Club, go to the website.

The club run a four week Happiness Programme for Children. The trainers teach a range of techniques and strategies to help children:

  • Cope with all the new challenges that they face
  • Learn to deal with their emotions effectively

Well being for Educators and Leaders in Learning

Wellbeing for Educators and Leaders in Learning puts staff wellbeing back at the heart of teaching. We help teachers actually leave work at work by helping them shift their mindset, and we help senior leaders create a school culture which makes work/life balance possible.

We are run by an educational consultant who has taught in a mainstream primary and currently leads a secondary alternative provision, giving us the expertise and experience to help individual staff and whole schools whatever they look like.

Wellbeing support shouldn’t be a one-off staff meeting, it should be a core component of every school’s culture, and we are convinced that improving staff wellbeing is the best thing for educators, their schools, and the pupils they serve.

We operate with three key values at the core of everything we do. They are:

Listening to understand

Speaking to encourage

Committed to challenging

To find out more go to

It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. In the article "How to look after your mental health" there are 10 practical steps to consider:

  1. Talk about your feelings
  2. Keep active
  3. Eat well
  4. Drink sensibly
  5. Keep in touch
  6. Ask for help
  7. Take a break
  8. Do something you are good at
  9. Accept who you are
  10. Care for others

Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Click here to find the article.

Many teaching staff work more hours than they're meant to, because the job often feels too big to fit in a 37.5 hour week. In this book, you'll be shown how to change your mindset about work/life balance and become empowered to make lots of small changes that should make a big difference to your working life - and as a result, your whole life.

Kindle price £5

James Birchenough has written a blog that explores the impact of his book upon teachers. Go to to read the short report.

"It did seem like my book has been well-received, but recently I wondered, what real changes has it actually helped people to make in practice? I caught up with a couple of people who have read “Leaving Work At Work” to find out what had changed: Susie, a primary school teacher (and my editor), and Maria who has been teaching for over 20 years......."

In "Leaving Work at Work", I wrote about how individual teachers can change their mindset and make a series of small changes that can make a big difference to their work/life balance. However, really big change in staff wellbeing and workload can only come when school leaders create a culture where that is possible. This book sets out practical steps an SLT can take to make this happen.

Kindle price £7.50

James has written about this book in a blog that can be found at

Why staff wellbeing is the trigger for so much more

The impact of positive wellbeing can be far reaching. Here Tes News columnist Jo Steer looks at the knock-on effect of happiness