It is widely recognised that the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on young people’s mental health. The Centre for Mental Health confirms that 1 in 6 children in England aged 5-16 now have a ‘probable mental health disorder’.

Bath-based author and mindfulness coach, Nicola MacDonald, of Bath Mindfulness, has teamed up with two inspiring and uplifting coaches from the sports world, Serena Guthrie MBE and Ed Jackson, to build a unique workshop for teenagers.

Using a combination of mindfulness, NLP, positive self-talk and CBT, the coaches will help teens to overcome adversity in life. Participants will learn…

  • Tools to handle stress and anxiety when faced with a setback.
  • How to release their emotions healthily with self-compassion.
  • Techniques to boost self-esteem and self-acceptance.
  • How to reframe negative thinking and shift towards a more positive outlook .
  • How to discover their character strengths and work as a team in an energising group challenge.

The event runs on 13 August 2021 at The Hub in Mulberry Park, BA2 5BU. 40 teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18 can register (a parent or carer will need to fill in a form). Tickets will be free with an opportunity to donate to Sporting Family Change. Participants will also receive a free book and take-home booklet at the end of the event. You can find out more at or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

This event is sponsored by ForrestBrown, the UK’s leading R&D tax credit specialist and wellbeing advocate.

Nicola says “We are delighted that ForrestBrown has come on board to support teens with their mental health. Teenagers need our help more than ever before.”  

Nicola MacDonald

Nicola MacDonald – Accredited Mindfulness coach and owner of Bath Mindfulness. Author of nonfiction book Resilient Teen, available on Amazon. 

Serena Guthrie

Serena Guthrie MBE – England netball captain. Accomplished speaker and motivator. Owner of coaching brand Legacy Netball. Accredited ILM Coach. Teen mentor for The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust & Sporting Family Change. Serena was made an MBE in the New Year Honours List for services to netball. Also awarded Team of the Year at the Sports Woman of The Year.

Ed Jackson

Ed Jackson – Former professional rugby player. Quadriplegic Mountain Climber (scaled Mount Everest) C4 broadcaster. Key Note Speaker. Mentor. Founder of The M2M Foundation. Ambassador for Restart Rugby and Wings for Life. Winner of BBC West Unsung Hero Award 2020. From being told he would never walk again to scaling mountains, Ed is the epitome of resilience in the face of inconceivable adversity.