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Delivered in schools by Dorset Mind, Active Monitoring (formerly known as Big Umbrella) is an evidence-based mental health and wellbeing service for years 5+.

Dorset Mind is currently delivering this service to primary, junior, and middle schools across Dorset.

Through assemblies, workshops and one-to-ones, Active Monitoring gives pupils the skills to understand, protect and improve their mental health. You can use Active Monitoring as a part of your whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

How was Active Monitoring created?

Beginning life as a Department for Education funded programme, Active Monitoring was designed by Mind, young people aged between 10 and 18, educators and mental health professionals. It’s been tested
by over 15,000 primary and secondary school pupils.

How is Active Monitoring delivered in school?


Active Monitoring assemblies give pupils access to vital information to improve awareness and understanding of mental health.


Our workshops focus on life skills, coping strategies and building resilience. They help pupils maintain good mental health, and can help them support others too.


We can deliver weekly one-to-one sessions for Year 6 to Year 8 pupils who are most at risk of developing mental health problems.

What impact does Active Monitoring have?

Based on outcome data from over 15,000 pupils:

79% reported an increase in their knowledge of mental health after attending an Active Monitoring assembly.
81% said they felt more confident about looking after their own mental health after attending an Active Monitoring workshop.
Between 58% and 72% of pupils who attended one-to-one sessions recorded improvements in their mood and wellbeing.

Active Monitoring offer one-to-one materials include information on:
•Fight, fright or freeze
•Low mood
•Anxiety and stress
•Worrying and unhelpful thinking
•Five ways to wellbeing
•Positive self-talk
•Being assertive
•Sleeping well

Active Monitoring Feedback from Students and Teachers

It would be good to continue to receive Active Monitoring as it made such a positive impact on our children.

I like the way our children were signposted to other services once their 5 week programme came to an end.

Fiona Ray, Dorchester Middle School

It’s been fun. It’s helped with my confidence.

I liked learning about how you can free your mind and how you can get through stressful things easier.

It’s secluded and safe to speak which is lovely.

Student Feedback

We now have numerous Year 6 children who have had a good experience of talking to a trusted adult, of being heard and of learning new strategies to manage their feelings.  This is such a positive for these children.

School Feedback

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