At The Self-Esteem Team, our goal is to break down the ill vs well myth, to show that mental health is a continuum on which we ALL exist – constantly sliding up and down the scale depending on what is happening in our lives at any given point.
Our mental health is a kaleidoscope of feelings we can't always label, and when we can't articulate them, we often start to wonder what's 'wrong'.
One of the first schools I ever taught at, a girl from Year 9 came up to me and said, 'I don't feel right'. Unknowingly, she had just echoed back to me how I felt as a teen.
There are therapists, doctors, gurus, textbooks, self-help bibles and everything in-between, telling us about emotional literacy and how we should talk about our wellbeing.
Yet that girl said it best.
We are none of those roles mentioned above. Instead, our superhero speakers are real people with real experience that young people relate to when they stand in front of the class and explain it's okay to not 'feel right' and say, I hear you, I see you, I am you.
Having experienced my own journey with self-harm and depression, I understand the aching frustration young people have in trying to find their voice and not knowing how to use it. For me, it meant 'wearing' my struggles as scars on my body to tell what words could not explain and spiralling alone in silence. My background in journalism (working for the majority of the UK's best-selling newspapers) has also given me a unique perspective into the inner workings of fame and celebrity, and the part they play in our relationship with self-esteem. This combination of personal and professional experience has helped shape the workshops to equip pupils with the tools needed to navigate a 24/7 world.
All our classes are rooted in clinical study, twinned with ready-to-use strategies as soon as the class is over. Most importantly, our classes reduce feelings of alienation and loneliness, providing a beacon of hope amidst the darkness. We show through personal testimony and proven coping strategies that each of our lives has value and is worth living.
Sessions are available virtually or in-person.
To book a session, ask a question, or just say hi, click the link below. And remember, it's pronounced 'men-tl il-nis' not 'krey-zee'.
Nadia Mendoza, founder Self-Esteem Team