DISCOVER Overview

An innovative school-based workshop programme approach for 16 – 18s who experience anxiety, low mood and stress.

DISCOVER is a new, evidence-based mental health programme, that is run in schools to help students who are highly stressed, and to build their resilience and confidence. Designed in consultation with young people, DISCOVER is an award-winning, non-stigmatising approach for a wide range of student emotional and stress-related problems. 

The programme has been delivered to over 700 teenagers in schools across London and the South East. The programme provides psychological advice and techniques for young people in an interactive and confidential workshop format, and inbuilt outcome evaluation

DISCOVER is delivered by a team of clinical psychologists from South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust (SLaM), in partnership with school staff.  The DISCOVER team also provides staff training and consultation in adolescent mental health and emotional wellbeing.

We now also offer student seminars on ‘The Psychology of Stress and Wellbeing’, ‘Building Emotional Resilience’, and ‘Managing Exam Stress and Worry, as part of sixth form PSHE events. These sessions can be booked directly by schools.

DISCOVER received the Award for Innovation in Practice in 2016, from the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Children and Young People.

Testimonial from the Ken Penney, Head of Sixth Form at Harris Academy Merton
'The impact on the students who signed up was significant.  All of our year 13s who were part of the programme achieved grades to take them to their chosen university or apprenticeship, all have a destination. 

'Also, our overall student attendance for the whole year improved! This cannot be totally attributed to the programme but it certainly had an effect.  We are already booked in for this year and look forward to the Discover staff working with our students again.'


What’s coming soon?
Widening our reach. The DISCOVER team is expanding to more students under stress in 2017-18. We are pleased to be based within all the Harris Federation sixth forms in the coming year, as well as continuing with other schools in the South East.

Helping improve the wellbeing of teenagers who are on the edge of care. We were successful in being awarded Maudsley Charity funding to undertake an adaptation of DISCOVER, with the help of teenage care leavers in Lambeth and Croydon, in 2017-18. The aim is to develop a version of DISCOVER that is acceptable to young people in the public care system and which supports their emotional resilience.

Running DISCOVER alongside CAMHS. DISCOVER has piloted and evaluated a successful clinic version of the DISCOVER workshop, for teenagers aged 15-18 who are on CAMHS waiting lists and are experiencing anxiety and low mood problems. This approach will be further disseminated in Lewisham CAMHS in early 2018, with the help of Child Wellbeing Practitioners under the auspices of CYP-IAPT.






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