We believe stem4 deserves to be considered for this award since it has provided vital work benefitting over a 100,000 young people’s mental health over the past year alone. As a small charity, stem4 supports the mental health of young people in multiple different ways. These include mental health education, both face-to-face and through our digital Head Ed and Head Ed Light programmes, by creating free, evidence based mental health apps, and numerous resources, including six translations. We also support parents and carers, educators, GPs, and school nurses since we believe that everyone involved in supporting a young person needs to work together to help young people negotiate the challenges they face, enabling them to thrive.
The past two years have been challenging for charities since traditional methods of fundraising have been minimised and demand has outstripped resource. Switching to digital delivery has been smooth and we have aimed at clever growth. This has included promoting our apps, together with additional adaptations to help with pandemic challenges and our educational programme, with a home learning element added. Also widely distributed anxiety management videos to manage immunisation anxiety and several resources, including translations for BAME, LGBTQIA+ communities.