Stem4

Previous Events

Merton Healthy Minds Day

  • Local Merton schools gathered at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 4th July 2017 to share their powerful performances about mental health. Events also included mindfulness and an ‘Ask the Expert’ panel discussion on mental health, which stem4 CEO/Founder Dr Nihara Krause participated in. stem4 had a stand in the Healthy Minds Market Place along with other local mental health charities and organisations in Merton, signposting young people to available help in the local area.

stem4 Parent Conference on Teenage Mental Health at St Cecilia’s

  • Following on from the success of our first parent conference held in March, stem4 ran another parent conference on teenage mental health at Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School in Wandsworth on Monday 3rd July 2017.
  • Speakers included Dr Nihara Krause (Consultant Clinical Psychologist), stem4 ambassadors Rosie Day and Iain Maitland, parent Miriam George and Joe Stone (social worker and CAMHS worker).
  • Feedback we received from the event was excellent, with 100% of parents reporting they would recommend the conference, 95% of parents reporting that the conference helped increase their awareness of the early signs of mental health issues and 95% saying that the conference helped them to know what early steps to take to deal positively with mental health problems.
  • Feedback comments received were:
  • ‘This was incredibly informative and helpful. It’s given me tools to talk to my teenagers and to know what to look out for’.
  • ‘Very good balance of facts, practical information and personal experience which made it seem very real. Would recommend to others’.
  • If you would like to find out about future conferences we may be holding then please sign up to the stem4 mailing list.

Student Conference at St Cecilia’s School

  • Students from a number of Wandsworth schools attended the student conference on teenage mental health at Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School on Monday 3rd July 2017.

 

  • These conferences are designed to bring together a range of young people to provide an opportunity to express, in their own words, a message to their peers about the importance of looking after their mental health and to understand what steps they can take to stop the growth of mental illness right from the start.

 

  • At each conference, students create a statement about the importance of communication, early identification and early action for change. Congratulations to the team who created the winning statement:

 

  • C – Change is possible
  • A – Allow others to be there for you
  • R – Respect yourself
  • P – Positive mindset
  • E – Express your feelings

 

  • D – Don’t give up
  • I – It’s okay to cry
  • E – Exercise is helpful
  • M – Motivate

 

Brahms Requiem Concert in Aid of stem4

  • On Saturday 17th June 2017 Sacred Heart Chorus & Orchestra put on a beautiful performance of the Brahms Requiem in aid of stem4. Conducted by Robert Rathbone and featuring soloists Katy Tansey and Samuel Pantcheff, this really was a musical extravaganza. We would like to thank everyone involved for their generosity in raising money for the charity.

Wimbledon Village Fair

  • We had a great time in the summer sunshine at this year’s Wimbledon Village Fair. As well as promoting stem4 and raising awareness of teenage mental health, our ‘Do more of what makes you happy’ mindfulness colouring activity proved popular with young and old alike. We sold beautiful bookmarks designed by a local young artist, and ran a free prize draw to win one of five Art Therapy books. Thank you to everyone who came and chatted to us, it was a wonderful community event to attend.

Charity Quiz Night in Aid of stem4

  • On 15th June Reed presented a charity quiz night in aid of stem4 and Ethiopiaid at The Terrace in Wimbledon. It was a fun packed evening of trivia, tipple and top prizes. Thank you to Reed for organising this event and to everyone who attended and helped raise money for the charities.

‘Manual Work’ Raises Money For stem4!

  • At the end of 2016 Charles Hampden-Smith organised a fund raising party for stem4 which included an auction item of 4 hours 43 mins of Charles’ time for doing some domestic manual work.  Simon Bodle very generously bid £250 for the item but instead of getting Charles to do some painting or grass cutting, etc, he insisted that the ‘work’ should comprise going for a bike ride and drinking some of Simon’s excellent home brew beer afterwards!  So a date was set for Sunday 21st June and a 50 mile route out to Windsor and back was planned, with coffee and cake at the turning point.  Simon and Charles were joined by a few other friends for the ride and a great time was had by all, raising a further £156.25 for stem4 on the day.  Rumours that the team all staggered home afterwards are unconfirmed!

237-mile Bike Ride For Charity

  • Directors of  Yorkshire-based company Heald Ltd completed a gruelling 237-mile bike ride from Kent to Paris in aid of stem4 and Cancer Research UK at the end of May. Rod and Debbie Heald undertook the challenge in temperatures of over 30 degrees, cycling an average of 55 miles a day, and having to deal with a number of challenges including flat tyres and a broken spoke and wheel.

 

  • Finishing the journey at Notre Dame, Managing Director Debbie Heald commented “It felt like a great achievement to not only finish the bike ride, but to have raised a great amount for two fantastic charities that have played a large part in supporting those close to us and making a difference to many others across the UK”.

 

  • stem4 would like to thank Rod, Debbie and the team for their amazing achievement – if you would like to top up the fundraising efforts, then please follow this link.

Calm Harm at the Design Museum

  • The stem4 Calm Harm app was a finalist in this year’s AXA PPP Health Tech & You awards. Founded by AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, the exhibition and awards showcased design in the emerging field of digital healthcare and sought to understand how technology can give you more control of your health and wellbeing.
  • Calm Harm was featured in a pop-up exhibition at the Design Museum from 27th April – 8th May 2017.

stem4 Parent Conference on Teenage Mental Health at Wimbledon College

  • stem4 held their first parent conference on teenage mental health on Monday 20th March in conjunction with Wimbledon College and had an amazing turnout of over 130 parents. The conference was targeted at parents who have children in secondary school and wanted to know more about mental health trends both developmental as well as common mental ill health problems in children and young people.
  • Dr Nihara Krause gave the audience some background on teenage mental health, talking about the pressures that young people face, signs that could indicate there is a problem, and what families can do to maintain good mental health. We then heard from stem4 ambassadors Iain and Michael Maitland who used a question and answer format to describe Michael’s illness and the ups and downs of getting him help; Rosie Day who spoke about the effect of mental health illness on siblings and the whole family; and Miriam George who described parenting a child with a mental health illness.
  • Along the way Dr Krause presented tips on what parents can do, discussed where and how to get help, and how to build resilient families. There was plenty of opportunity for parents to ask questions and interact with our speakers. We really hope that the conference helped parents develop their awareness of mental health, understand how mental health affects learning, and identify strategies which could help everyone manage their child’s well-being.
  • Thank you to Wimbledon College, in particular Paul Fitcher, for allowing us to host this event, and to all our speakers for bravely sharing their experiences.