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Our vision is to support you through your educational experience, by supporting and promoting your mental health and wellbeing.

Creative Well-being 4u Ltd. is a newly registered organisation who offer health and well-being support to young people and students in creative and engaging ways, both focus upon addressing issues of anxiety, self-confidence, and self-esteem. We are a member of social enterprise UK and supporter of Student Minds Mental Health Charter.

We offer 1-1 support for up to 12 weeks, and accept referrals by email.

If you would like to request support, please contact us: (phone) 07726 114423 or (email) creativewellbeing4u@outlook.com

About me…

NNEB – early years and childcare – The College of Food and Tourism.

Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Youth, Community & Play Studies – The University of Birmingham

Social Work Practice Educator – Birmingham City University

Postgraduate Diploma Education – Newman University

Postgraduate Certificate Safeguarding – Newman University

MA Education (Specialist in Safeguarding) – Newman University

Mental Health First Aid Trained (MHFA)

My experience includes working in a variety of settings from early years in nurseries and schools, to youth clubs and drop-in centres. In addition to this I have supported parents and carers within childcare provisions, and accommodation settings. Within my field I have provided support to young people who have been reported missing, providing advice and information on their rights, along with signposting individuals to support and services. I have managed a caseload supporting referrals for parenting, education, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) meetings, and core group meetings, including family support and Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) intervention. I have managed children’s rights project within a children’s charity, implementing participation practice and project management. I have undertaken research projects and consultation activities to inform Bids and Tenders for new work

Previous Research

The University of Birmingham West-Hill (2001), Bereavement Support for Young People, exploring the role of youth workers supporting young people with bereavement.

The Children’s Society Mispers (2004), a good practice guide, young people who go missing from local Authority care, a guide for practitioners

Newman University (2017) should counselling sessions for young people aged 11-14 years be offered under the National Curriculum.

Present Research

Masters Dissertation Project – (September 2018 – January 2020) – The Role of Anxiety in second year students in Higher Education.

BAME Awarding Gap Awareness Consultation – November 2019

Newman University (2018) Review MA Education Faculty Panel Stage Meeting.

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Useful Contact Numbers & Thank You for your support during 2019.

Christmas and Anxiety

We have compiled an informative guide from suggestions for social anxiety to ways around financial concerns, with heaps of mindfulness tips and activities to help manage your anxiety throughout the holidays. We hope this free resource helps to make you feel a little merrier!
Download the FREE Christmas workbook today!
Anxiety UK – Infoline: 03444 775 774 Text Service: 07537 416 905
Useful Helpline Numbers:
Samaritans – In the UK and Irish Republic contact Samaritans on 116 123.
Mind – 0300 123 3393 info@mind.org.uk Text: 86463
Saneline – 0300 304 7000 sane.org.uk
ChildLine Helpline: 0800 11 11 childline.org.uk
Papyrus – HOPELINEUK – 0800 068 4141 papyrus-uk.org
NHS Choices – Mental Health, comprehensive help and information from NHS Choices with links to external help and support
And finally, Thank you for all your support during 2019, it has been a busy year, look forward to working with you in 2020.

At this time of year – Celebrations.

The festive period can be a joyful time of year – a chance to have a break from university work, catch up with friends or family and recharge ahead of the new year. However, we know it can also be difficult, especially if you are experiencing mental health problems. 

It is important to remember that mental health difficulties don’t take a break just because it’s the holidays. Look out for your loved ones and yourself over the festive break and remember it’s okay not to be okay at this time of year. Try to put in some time for rest and self-care. 

Happiful Magazine

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Whether you’re a morning person or not, starting your day on the right foot makes taking on the challenges that come your way that much easier. We’ve put together five steps to make mornings less stressful, more productive, and controlled.

Winter weather getting you down?
More than half of British adults say that their mood is worse over the winter. If you find that your mood, energy levels, sleeping patterns, or eating habits change significantly during the darker months, you may be experiencing seasonal affective disorder. Discover ways to tackle SAD


Ask the experts: How can I deal with loneliness?

Loneliness is something that many of us will deal with throughout our lives. But we don’t need to let it overwhelm us. We put your questions about loneliness to a counsellor, and discovered more about how to manage low periods. 

Happiful December Issue

I read something the other day that really stopped me in my tracks. It said: “There’s only one month left of this decade – make it count.” It’s funny how fast milestones creep up on you – the end of another year, a new decade on its way. Soon it’ll be 100 years since the roaring 20s, and in the blink of an eye, those kids born in the millennium will no longer be teenagers. Reflect on all the small victories, and give yourself credit. Even if the place you’re in right now isn’t exactly where you want to be – emotionally or physically – when you look back over how much has changed in 365 days, I hope it can be a sign of a more positive situation you might find yourself in by this time next year. Our incredible cover star Lauren Mahon is a fantastic example of this. In the past three years, she’s battled breast cancer, founded #GIRLvsCANCER, co-hosted the podcast ‘You, Me and the Big C’, and won countless awards and accolades. She’s come so far in such a short space of time, and going forward we know she’ll continue to be an unstoppable force of nature.

Derek Owusu: ‘Mental health issues that people find scary aren’t being talked about’

Derek Owusu: ‘Mental health issues that people find scary …
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2 Nov 2019 – His new book, That Reminds Me, is published by Stormzy’s #Merky Books and is a novel-in-verse that explores identity, belonging, his experience of growing up in foster care, and his mental breakdown last year. Owusu edited the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space …

With a new book out on Stormzy’s imprint, the writer discusses men’s emotions, Ghanaian families and paying his brother £50 for each novel he reads.

‘The NHS have been amazing. They saved my life a couple of times’: Derek Owusu.
 ‘The NHS have been amazing. They saved my life a couple of times’: Derek Owusu. Photograph: Suki Dhanda/The Observer

Derek Owusu was born in London in 1988. His new book, That Reminds Me, is published by Stormzy’s #Merky Books and is a novel-in-verse that explores identity, belonging, his experience of growing up in foster care, and his mental breakdown last year. Owusu edited the anthology Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space (2019) and is a marketing executive for audio at Penguin Books.

How did That Reminds Me come about?
I started writing it when I was in a mental health facility last year and I created the character of K to try to understand going through a breakdown. I started writing fragments of memory and initially it was going to be a poetry collection, and then it turned into something different. I sent it to Stormzy’s manager and she loved it. I wanted to convey the symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Before my BPD diagnosis, I just thought I was strange. My emotions were always fluctuating. I was often angry. When I was diagnosed it was a relief. It’s important to share awareness with the people around you so they know what you’re going through. The NHS have been amazing. They saved my life a couple of times.

That Reminds Me is rich in Ghanaian folktale culture…
I really wanted to incorporate a lot of that. Anansi is the god of stories – I’m telling Anansi my story. I remember my aunt telling me some Anansi stories when I was 9 or 10, but I didn’t take them in. In my 20s, I bought loads of Anansi books. History, folklore, and culture gives you pride and happiness through a sense of connection.

Tell me about the anthology you edited, Safe, and black British men reclaiming space…
It’s about space to be human and let all of your multitudes shine. Black men are often seen in two-dimensional ways as historical racist ideas have been passed on, and the media doesn’t help – reinforcing these ridiculous stereotypes. We often conflate black British men with African men, and it was important to get nuances on paper. 

How do you feel about space for black men in the literary world?
I think more needs to be done. There’s Benjamin Zephaniah and Courttia Newland. But there’s not enough. A lot of new writers are coming through independent publishers, not enough big publishers are publishing them. Who was the last black British male literary sensation in this country? Probably Caryl Phillips, and that was ages ago. I hope that this novel inspires other writers, and I hope it will encourage other publishers to take on writers who are more experimental. Because publishers are scared of being experimental.

Your next book, Teaching My Brother to Read, sounds fascinating – could you tell me more about it?
It was initially an idea for a podcast where I could spend some more time with my brother, who’s 19, and pass on my love of literature. I’ve tried to get him into books before, but he ended up crying after the first few pages of To Kill a Mockingbird – not because he was moved, but because he was so angry that I was making him read! This time around I’m offering him £50 per book and promised him no book will be more than 300 pages. The books I’ve chosen are ones I feel he can benefit from. I raised my brother to the age of around 12. But I left to go to uni for three years and when I came back, he was a different person. I feel I have a responsibility to better his life and I truly believe literature is the way to do that.Advertisement

That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu is published by Merky (£12.99). To order a copy go to guardianbookshop.com or call 020-3176 3837. Free UK p&p over £15, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of £1.99.

The grime star’s frank revelation helps reduce the stigma around mental illness and may encourage more people to seek help – black men especially.

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Stormzy performing at Westfield, London.

 ‘Stormzy’s words are far more powerful for a young audience than those of any healthcare professional or government agency.’ Photograph: James Gourley/Rex/Shutterstock

The appearance of grime artist Stormzy on Channel 4 news to discuss his battle with depression is a gamechanger. The first true superstar that the grime scene has produced, he is loved by young mainstream audiences for his attitude and fierce rhyming style, respected by those from my generation who grew up listening to 90s hip-hop for his witty lyrics and poignant delivery and revered by disaffected inner-city kids of all races who see him as a role model, telling stories they can relate to. Stormzy has managed to attain the holy grail of retaining his credibility and becoming commercially successful; mass appeal plus serious cool.

So for someone in his position to speak out about the pain and suffering of an illness that many still see as a sign of weakness is tremendously important. Grime culture is steeped in machismo and displays of strength much like hip-hop; the contrast between the accepted norms of this world and an admission of suffering from depression is stark and similar to the visceral challenge to the status quo presented by the sublime Moonlight in its portrayal of black American ghettos.

Stormzy has quite rightly won universal praise for taking this courageous step. The track Lay me Bare on his album Gang Signs and Prayer outlines the self-doubt and pain of depression with honesty and vulnerability. The lyrics like “Like man’a get low sometimes, so low sometimes, Airplane mode on my phone sometimes, Sitting in my house with tears in my face, Can’t answer the door to my bro sometimes” speak to the misery and self-isolation of depression. In the interview, he reflects: “If there’s anyone out there going through that, I think that for them to see that I went through it would help.” He’s right; his words are far more powerful for a young audience than those of any healthcare professional or government agency.