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Delivered in schools by Dorset Mind, 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, Big Umbrella gives pupils the skills to understand, protect and improve their mental health. You can use Big Umbrella as part of your whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

How was Big Umbrella created?

Beginning life as a Department for Education funded programme, Big Umbrella 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 Big Umbrella delivered in school?


Big Umbrella 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 9 pupils who are most at risk of developing mental health problems.

What impact does Big Umbrella have?

Based on outcome data from over 15,000 pupils:

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

Big Umbrella 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

What do students and teachers say about Big Umbrella?

“It felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders, and I got everything I needed off my chest.”

Secondary student, aged 15

“I’ve been happy for a week. I think it’s because she made me feel like I wasn’t alone.”

16-year-old student

“One of the boys, he has bottled things up for years. He is really opening up now about some of the stuff that was bothering him, and it’s having a big impact on his life.”

Primary school teacher

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