Our top tips for providing support on National Mentoring Day

Everyone needs a support system at some point in their life, whether that be a word of advice or shoulder to cry on. Mental health experts, Mind, suggest, ‘approximately one in four people across the United Kingdom will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week’.
Within education, school staff often do not have the time to offer such support to their students or even to each other. However, Evolve Health Mentors are filling that gap across the country to provide mentoring support for primary school pupils and help them to realise their dreams and ambitions.
With National Mentoring Day (#nationalmentoringday) taking place on Friday 27th October, we have asked our Health Mentors to devise a list of their top ten tips to mentor those in need of such support. These nuggets of expertise will be distributed by the Evolve twitter account (@Evolve_Impact) throughout the day:
 

  1. Mentoring is supporting someone to change, not forcing them to change.
  2. Help to solve problems for pupils and guide them towards solutions.
  3. Allow children time to talk freely about what is on their mind.
  4. Big journeys are made up of small steps – celebrate every success along the way.
  5. Relate to students by talking about your past experiences and how you dealt with them.
  6. Regularly review and praise individual progress.
  7. Make mentoring specific for each individual to help unlock their dreams.
  8. Ask open questions so you gain a clear perspective of thoughts and feelings.
  9. Be a role model for children to look up to, trust and aspire to be like.
  10. Mentoring is a great tool for improving health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about how Health Mentors incorporate these ideas into their daily schedules by contacting Josh Cronin on josh@evolvesi.com