Tackling the Blues (TtB) is an award-winning sport and arts-based education programme. It supports children and young people aged 6-16 who are experiencing, or are at risk of developing, mental illness. TtB is delivered in partnership between the Faculty of Education and the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University (EHU), Everton in the Community (EitC) and Tate Liverpool. The programme is currently funded by the Office for Students (OfS) and Research England with support from the Premier League Charitable Fund.
Explore this project
TtB contributes to improved mental health literacy and educational performance among children and young people. It seeks to address the complex social determinants and inequalities associated with mental health and illness.
- Contribute to the prevention and early intervention of mental illness in children and young people
- Promote mental health literacy and support for children and young people
- Support schools to develop whole school approaches to mental health and wellbeing
- Undertake systematic, rigorous and robust research activity designed to understand and improve the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people
- Develop resources, CPD and other training opportunities to support education professionals
Since its inception in January 2015, TtB has engaged over 1,000 children and young people through weekly sessions across primary schools, secondary schools and community groups in the areas of Merseyside and West Lancashire. These areas include some of the most deprived local authorities nationally where statistics highlight that children and young people experience inadequate health outcomes.
Each year, the project has involved extensive consultation with children and young people and education professionals who act as project collaborators, help recruit participants and deliver peer mentor workshops. The programme adopts a peer mentorship model where the mentors are trained in accredited mental health courses. This unique peer-mentor approach helps to position them as positive role models which is an important feature of the programme. Mentors are recruited from students at Edge Hill University and join the partnership as either a Lead Mentor or Support Mentor.
TtB aims to contribute to improvements in mental health literacy among children and young people and improve understanding of the complex aetiologies, risk factors and the mechanisms of managing experiences of mental illness.
Schools we work with
Lots of schools across the north-west are involved with the Tackling the Blues project. This interactive map on Padlet shows all the schools we are working with.
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The Tackling the Blues programme is led by the Faculty of Education in conjunction with the Faculty of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University. Key partners of the project include Tate Liverpool and Everton in the Community.
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