Everybody's journey has been touched and shaped, at one time or another, by the bravery, kindness, strength, honesty, persistence or achievement of somebody else. To feel such awe and admiration is truly magical...and we wanted to share these moments with you.
Life can be full of tough topics and tricky conversations - experiences that may be ignored by some but lived by others. Self-mastery is not the absence or avoidance of these experiences - rather, it is facing them with bravery. Here is a safe space for children to share with us their own stories, and for us to learn from these 'child-teachers'. These tricky conversations can be carried out with more ease using truth, openness and sensitivity.
We used the term 'no-nonsense' because life is real - 'stuff' happens. But, as a tribe, we can empower, grow courage, and help our warriors to find their inner strength - the part of us that is untouchable, unbreakable. The part that carries us through those times that ask us to be more than we ever believed we could be.
Keep scrolling down to read these awe-inspiring stories.
Thank you so much.
Children's Mental Health Week 2021
My Bravery Animal: Competition Entries
K: Aged 8
Carol Marshall (guest judge for the drawings/paintings): "This tiger was so beautifully drawn. His body was cleverly coloured in, making the viewer feel startled by his prowess and majesty. You have obviously captured this animal's courage. It is almost visible. Well done."
"My Rescue doggy Luna, who helps me Self regulate and helps with putting pressure on me"
I: Aged 8
Sam and Naomi (guest judges for the photography):
Sam: "Thank you so much for sending us the photo of your gorgeous Luna. She is so cute and cuddly. As an owner of a puppy, I know just how much better puppy-cuddles can make you feel."
Naomi: "What a beautiful photograph, they say dog is mans best friend and its wonderful that your dog is there each day to remind you how brave you are."
"Horses have helped me find my brave and red was the horse that was the first to start my Journey and now I have more Confidence and can talk in school"
L: Aged 4
Carol Marshall (guest judge for the drawings/paintings): "Great joy is visible in this drawing of your beautiful red horse. Well done. I love the connection you portrayed with yourself standing with him."
A: Aged 8
Cheryl Lee-White (guest judge for the poetry): "What a wonderful poem, it has put a smile on my face reading it. You can feel the passion and emotion you have put into writing it. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem with us."
H: Aged 13
Carol Marshall (guest judge for the drawings/paintings): "A drawing, which to any person's eyes, is one of great craftsmanship. The proportions are very good, and the pencil technique shows a great understanding of texture and pattern. Well done. Possibly a dragon to love and take strength from, rather than to fear."
Children's Mental Health Week 2020
How I Learn: Competition Entries
"I have Bat Powers"
"I have been using my bat power and listening to lots of different YouTubers telling me different ideas and tricks so I could learn how to ride my new skateboard. When I am using my skateboard I remember all the different things that the YouTubers were telling me what to do and I remember there voices . I like listening to my favourite YouTubers and all the fun things they get up to..daddy told me where to stand and how to stand up .my sister told me how to use it in our house and how to be safe. Now I have a skateboard and I’m learning my own tricks."
A: Aged 8
Children's Mental Health Week 2019
How I Found My Brave: Competition Entries
There was a bully at school that made me & friends really scared so i went to the teacher and told her because I thought that maybe he was having a really hard time or really sad to make him do bad things. I told the teacher and I talked to the boy. He doesn’t bully so much now and if he does then i go and ask him what’s wrong and not be so scared because i was brave and have already done it before and it helped us all.
A: Aged 7
I have recently had to 'find my brave'. Three important people close to me have died in recent years. Firstly, my grandma and granddad's dog Breeze died: this was difficult for me because I wont be able to see him again and he was my friend since I was born. A year later, Anna my dwarf hamster died: I wasn't expecting this to happen, and it still makes me cry now when I think of her and look at a picture of her. Then last April, our close friend Beth died suddenly. She was 26. We were waiting for her to arrive at our house, and she never came. We found out that she had died. I wasn't expecting that either. I never talk about her dying even though mummy explained to me what happened, and I haven't wanted to have a picture of her up at home because it makes me upset. I wish that she was still here because I miss playing with her. I miss her doing make-up with me. I miss riding in her black mini with her (she used to watch my swimming lessons). I liked her doing my hair. She was a really nice person and I know that she loved me. If I had a big sister, I would have wanted Beth to be mine. So I have started to find my brave a bit more, by joining in more when mummy talks to me about her. By remembering the things that we loved about her. And by arranging to meet up with her dog 'Yoda' and Beth's mummy. I think Beth would like to think of me playing with Yoda for her. I am proud of myself for being brave although it is really hard.
I: Aged 8 1/2
I saw her, she was up to something. My heart was pounding and my head was spinning I felt like I was in the washing machine. She had made my life difficult I was about to start a new chapter and I was not going to let her ruin things again. She walked up to me I knew what she was going to do. I had words flying around in my head I needed to pick the right combination to shut her up forever. I was thinking and thinking and thinking and then it struck me I knew how I was going to make her stop me feel like this. I prepared myself, going over what I was going to say and just before she could say anything I said, "I don't care if you're mean to me because I have nice friends who will stick up for me and you don't. And because of that, I actually feel sorry for you." I was wondering if that was what I should of said. But, to my surprise, she walked away. I caught a glimpse of her face and it was glowing crimson red. I had won! And this is the bravest I have been.
S: Aged 12
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