Happy Space Accessibility Campaign

What is Happy Space?

Happy Space is committed to helping the mental wellbeing of children and young people. We are dedicated to helping students ask and answer the question “Why don’t I feel okay?” We aim to provide a toolkit that allows children to address this, with age appropriate content and a guidebook that they can take ownership of. We accompany these guidebooks with our teaching plans to help facilitate conversations in the classroom.

Happy Space UK has undertaken research, including interviewing mental health professionals, academics and university wellbeing services across the UK. We learned that there are some aspects of everyday living that can prove crucial to the prevention of student mental health issues. These aspects seemed to repeatedly fall into the categories of“food” , “finance” , “mind” , “body” and “art”. We use these five key “pillars of wellbeing” as the framework for our student Guidebooks.

The Accessibility Campaign

The campaign is aiming to distribute c.15,000 mental wellbeing guidebooks to students across the UK. As part of our new campaign, we want to ensure that our guidebooks are reaching the children who could benefit from them the most! Research shows that there is a causal relationship between family income and child outcomes, independent of other factors like parents’ education (Cooper and Stewart, 2017). Low income families, and therefore children, face barriers that reduce their access to mental health services. Specifically targeting students and supplying them with valuable resources could help to address some of these issues.

Happy Space is passionate about helping those most in need. After Covid, we are keen to really make an impact and protect the minds of those who might not have the resources to do so on their own.

This campaign does not target schools for their academic results or funding, but rather the students themselves as those who are most in need of additional support and resources for their mental wellbeing. In order to identify those that might be more ‘vulnerable’ , Happy Space has identified schools with higher percentages of children given free school meals across the UK. We, like others, have found this to be the clearest indicator in current government data with which to measure socio-economic backgrounds of students at a school (Taylor, 2018).

The numbers:

400 -
Number of schools in the UK the campaign will reach
15,000 -
Number of students that will receive a mental wellbeing guidebook

£20,000 - Amount of money needed to fund 15,000 mental wellbeing guidebooks to students around the UK

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Sam Rodgers 
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London, Greater London, United Kingdom
HAPPY SPACE UK 
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