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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 

ALEX

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As a teacher and parent, Alex knows first-hand the challenges young people face navigating our 24/7 world and connects especially well with hard-to-reach students. Sharing tips on how to handle big emotions, dial down anxiety, and manage change, Alex is the ultimate non-judgemental listener who gives advice in an effective, older sibling way. He also leads and co-created our Drugs and Addiction workshops.

BECKY

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When Becky walks into a room, she's the girl you look at and think, 'I want to be friends with her'. Her infectious energy brings fun to the classroom in the best possible way. Behind the smiles, Becky struggled with body image and disordered eating throughout her teens and into adulthood. Now, she's on a mission to prioritise mental wellbeing above the desire for unrealistic weights and teach students to love their bodies. 

Amie

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Passionate about ensuring the world is a fair, safe place for all, Amie champions mental health being taught from Year 1. As our primary expert, she helps little ones get to grips with big emotions through storytelling. Using characters from her book, The Monster Book of Feelings, she gives students space to understand their minds and moods. All schools will receive a complementary copy with each Self-Esteem Team visit. 

JUDE

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Jude is a non-binary public speaker who has been working in schools for over a decade. Jude talks very openly about their experiences, hoping to raise awareness of gender diversity and promote equality of the LGBTQ+ community. Oh, and did we mention Jude is a model? Having featured in Vogue Italia and Harrods' Beauty campaign, they work tirelessly to bring inclusivity into mainstream media.