What does the General Election mean for Mental Health?

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Ahead of the snap general election, we want all political parties to commit to investing in additional and sustained funding for mental health services; both for adults and young people. This should also involve a significant improvement in funding and support for early intervention programmes in schools and colleges. Read the rest of this entry »

Empowering 5,000 teenagers to take control of their emotional health and wellbeing

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mindful-meOver a year ago, we created Mindful Me as a response to the growing reports of anxiety and self-harm rates that young people were telling us in surveys1 ran through our R U Different? programme. Read the rest of this entry »

An exciting year ahead for Social Sense

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Firstly, we hope you all had a good festive break and we wish everyone a Happy New Year!

It’s easy to feel gloomy in January now Christmas is over and it’s back to pre-sunrise alarm calls, but it is a great time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to future plans.

2016 was great for us; an office relocation, new website launch, award win and the team doubling in size are amongst some of our achievements.

This year is set to be an even busier one and we wanted to remind you about the fantastic programmes that we will be running across the UK: Read the rest of this entry »

There’s more than one way to build resilience

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By Gary Lovatt

Working intensively with partners from Health, Crime and Education it’s hard to get through a meeting these days without the mention of needing to build ‘better resilience’ in young people.

Indeed it’s refreshing that after years of apparent compartmentalisation of behaviours into different areas (alcohol, smoking, sexual activity, anti-social behaviour, self-harming etc) we’re learning that attitudes and behaviours generally start with addressing the protective factors that allow young people to make better, informed choices.

So how do you achieve and measure resilience? The answer is that you need to adopt a multi-targeted strategy, starting with examining the determinants of those behaviours in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »

A new chapter for Social Sense

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To round off a busy summer, we are really pleased to say that our brand new website has gone live today!

With a much needed fresher look, the long-awaited new site will act as the main ‘hub’ for information on our main products and programmes, R U Different?, Mindful Me and CTZN with links to their individual sites.

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R U Different? wins coveted award

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Left to right: Shelley Wright (Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue), Gary Lovatt (MD of Social Sense), Jennifer Thomas-Whittington (Partnerships Manager at Social Sense)

Social Sense’s R U Different? programme won the 2016 Social Marketing Campaign of the Year Award at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.

Held at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, the awards brought together talented agencies, providers and government bodies to celebrate UK campaigns that have generated social impact and behaviour change in 2016.

On announcing the award, Ex-TV Presenter and host Andy Crane said:
The judges described this entry as unique and significant. This is a category demanding significant behavioural change and Social Sense were clever in their use of social media. They also provided great evidence”.

Managing Director of Social Sense, Gary Lovatt (pictured central), said the team were delighted with the recognition.

“We know this programme is delivering life changing impacts. We see it in the data, the letters from young people and now had it verified from independent evaluations.

To have your industry peers recognise our work however is a very special moment and one that will spur us on to push on in our future growth.”

 

UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2016

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The UK Public Sector Communications Awards have revealed their shortlist for this year and the Social Sense team are very proud to have made the finals with our R U Different? programme.

The prestigious awards “celebrate and reward excellent communication strategies and campaigns, teams and individuals in local and national government, emergency services and not-for-profit bodies from across the UK”.

R U Different? is up against seven other nominees in the Social Marketing Campaign of The Year category.

The ceremony takes place on 14 July at the Emirates Stadium in London and the whole team are very excited!

You can view the full shortlist here.