Mind and Body

We support young people to improve their wellbeing

What is Mind and Body?

Mind and Body is a programme which helps young people explore and better manage the thoughts and actions associated with self-harm.

It delivers early intervention support for young people aged 13 to 17 inclusive who are involved in or deemed vulnerable to a range of self-harming behaviours.

Mind and Body is delivered to small groups of young people, helping them reduce feelings of stigma and isolation, as participants work alongside peers who’ve experienced similar issues.

Where do we deliver Mind and Body?

The programme is currently commissioned in Kent and Cornwall (and has been piloted in Lancashire).

The vast majority of programmes are delivered in secondary schools but we're also able to offer community groups, supporting young people referred in to our service from CAMHS, Early Help and GPs.

In Kent, we offer additional telephone and face-to-face support for parents and carers.

Following the success of Mind and Body in current locations, we are now actively looking to expand our delivery to reach a greater number of young people.

Recognition for Mind and Body

Mind and Body won the Innovation in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services Award in the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards In October 2018.

In October 2017, Mind and Body was also the recipient of two national awards from the Royal Society for Public Health, winning the Public Mental Health and Wellbeing Award as well as the overall Public Health Minister’s Award for our work around adolescent self harm.

Mind and Body has developed a strong evidence-base in terms of its effectiveness having undergone an independent evaluation from the University of Bath:

    • 81% of young people experienced a decrease over time in self-harm thoughts or did not think about self-harm at all whilst engaged in the programme
    • 91% of young people experienced a decrease over time in self-harm actions or did not engage in taking action at all whilst engaged in the programme

Additional outcomes included improvements in emotional wellbeing, as well as benefits in a range of participants’ pro-social behaviours, such as communication, better engagement at school and reductions in persistent truancy.

Where can I get more information about Mind and Body?

For more information on the programme please contact us at MAB@addaction.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at @_MindandBody

If you're a commissioner and would be interested in finding out more about how Mind and Body could be delivered in your region, please contact our Operations Manager Rick Bradley by email at rick.bradley@addaction.org.uk

Read our Partner Agency Information Pack for more information on what we deliver, how we deliver it and the impact of our programme.

For more information on our impact read our 2017 Impact Report from the University of Bath.

Our films

Young people who have accessed Mind and Body have produced films, talking about their own experiences with the aim of encouraging others not to feel embarrassed or ashamed to speak out about mental health.

Mind and Body: what is the programme and how does it work?

Step Out of the Crowd: a film about male mental health and what it actually means to ‘be a man’. (Shortlisted in the 2017 Charity Film Awards.)

Remote but not Alone: even in more remote areas, young people can get mental health support.

Young People’s Perspectives on Mental Health and Adolescent Self-Harm: a film about our 2017 Turner Contemporary exhibition.

Self Harm Awareness Day 2017: some of our young people highlight how getting support has helped them.

Support for self harm issues

Fact sheets

We've developed two advice resources to support people with a lived experience of self harm:


Get free, confidential information and advice from one of Addaction's trained webchat advisors.

Whether you need information for yourself or advice to support a friend or relative our webchat service is here for everyone.

Access webchat on the bottom right hand corner of any page on the Addaction website.