Mental Health

About #BeeWell

#BeeWell is a new programme led by the University of Manchester, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, that combines academic expertise with youth-led change to make the wellbeing of young people everybody’s business. Designed by young people, #BeeWell will survey the wellbeing of pupils in secondary schools across Greater Manchester from Autumn 2021, for at least three years, and use the results, in partnership with schools, to deliver positive change in all our communities. With £1.2 million raised so far by #BeeWell partners, the programme will be entirely free for schools to take part.

This programme is for Year 8 and 10 students in September 2021 (so our current Year 7 and 9 students)

#BeeWell will seek to create the conditions for all our young people to thrive by:

  • listening to young people’s voices
  • acting together for change
  • celebrating young people’s wellbeing


The survey

  • The survey is completed online
  • Pupils access the survey using a unique password (provided by #BeeWell)
  • Before they answer the questions, pupils will read some information about the
  • survey and confirm that they’re happy to proceed (this is embedded in the online
  • survey, the content is available on the #BeeWell website)
  • The survey takes 20 to 30 minutes to complete
  • Pupils can choose not to answer any question


The questions

The #BeeWell Survey has two distinct sections that together reflect what young people have told us matters most to them: the Domains and Drivers of Wellbeing.

  1. Three Domains: (1) Meaning, Purpose and Control, (2) Understanding Yourself, and (3) Emotions.
  2. Six Drivers: (1) Health and Routines, (2) Hobbies and Entertainment, (3) Relationships, (4) School, (5) Environment and Society, and (6) Future

The measures and items used in the survey have been identified through the academic literature and UK cohort studies and evaluated in terms of psychometric properties and accessibility.


Agreeing for your child to be part of this research

  • We hope you will allow your child to take part in this research.
  • In consenting on their behalf, you are agreeing for your child to participate in the #BeeWell survey, for their survey data to be linked to background information about them, and for future linkage of their data to other information held about them (outlined above in ‘data protection and confidentiality’).
  • If you do not give your consent, you need to return the form included in the #BeeWell Parent and Carer Information Sheet as soon as possible, and no later than 13th August 2021.
  • Choosing not to take part will not disadvantage you or your child in any way.
  • It will be made clear to all children that it is up to them if they take part. They will also be reminded that they can skip questions if they don’t want to answer them.


Please click here for the #BeeWell Parent and Carer Information Sheet that you can read and at the end, if you do not consent to your child taking part you must return the form to Lawrence at The University of Manchester #BeeWell Team -



If you don't already know about MY LIFE IN BOLTON you might want to take a look (link below). It is a directory of services and resources you might find helpful. You can search a word- e.g. mental health and it will bring you up mental health services etc etc

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Be Kind to My Mind - Who can you speak to?

Across Bolton there are lots of services that can help support you, your friends' and your families' mental health and wellbeing.

Who can you speak to - until Easter.jpg can provide young people in Bolton with mental health support without the usual wait times. It also provides a variety of tools and activities 24/7, 365 days a year.

This is a free service commissioned to work with young people in Bolton 11-25, providing anonymised support. To find out more please register on one of the Eventbrite dates, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Email: or for further information

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This is an amazing video, please watch - Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"