'Now & Beyond' mental health festival for schools

Jonny Benjamin MBE profile

Project by Jonny Benjamin MBE

'Now & Beyond' mental health festival for schools

Jonny Benjamin MBE profile

Project by Jonny Benjamin MBE

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Beyond aims to provide UK schools with immediate access to approved mental health and wellbeing support.

New stretch target

Following on from the huge success of the UK's first ever mental health festival for schools and colleges, we now turn our attention to the urgent mental health needs of young people in wake of the pandemic. 


Our Story

In 2018 Jonny Benjamin MBE founded youth mental health charity, Beyond. 

Motivated by his own experience of poor mental health growing up, Jonny started the charity to help ensure young people received the help and support he wished he could have had at an earlier age.

In 2019 Jonny formed a charity youth board with several inspiring and passionate young mental health activists.

One of these activists, Louisa Rose, designed a youth mental health festival in response to the pandemic and its impact on children's mental health.

Together with the rest of the Beyond youth board we hosted Now and Beyond on 3rd February 2021, during Children's Mental Health Week. Entirely powered by volunteers, our festival reached over half a million people via 1200 schools and colleges.

One of the key offerings were virtual workshops run by over 350 approved nationwide facilitators who specialise in children and young people's mental health.  

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Our Vision 

Our ambition is to raise half a million pounds to provide UK schools with immediate access to approved mental health and wellbeing provision from within our festival network. 

“Three-quarters of all mental health issues begin in adolescence and yet 75% of young people with mental health issues are not currently receiving any treatment. The pandemic has exacerbated this crisis” Jonny Benjamin MBE, founder of Beyond

The goal is that it will not be mental health issues that define the “Covid Generation”.

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What next...

We will launch our application process imminently so that schools can apply and demonstrate their needs. 

Any support you are able to give to our campaign is truly invaluable. 

£10 could fund a "wellbeing workbook" for students.

£100 could fund a counsellor in a school for 1 day a week.

£500 could fund a full-time counsellor in a school for an entire week.

£1000 could fund 5 teachers wellbeing sessions. 

£2000 could find mindfulness/yoga sessions for the whole school for an entire term.

£4000 could fund a trauma and anxiety specialist for 10 sessions in a school.

Thank-you. The future of young people’s mental health is in our hands.

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