Our reason for being
At Grow Your Mind we want to equip young children, their schools and their families with the knowledge of ways to flourish. We wish to see teachers looking after their mental health so that they can nurture the mental health of their students. Our vision is to see parents and carers with confidence to promote good mental health in their homes. We believe poor mental health is a serious issue but awareness of our brain, resilience, mindfulness and compassion does not have to be. In fact, our reason for being is not only the creation of our Grow Your Mind kits but also to continually make our resources playful, engaging and creative.
According to Beyond Blue, half of all serious mental health issues begin before a child reaches 14 years of age. Australia's independent national mental health commission found that suicide is the leading cause of death in young Australians aged between five and seventeen. Tragically they are more likely to take their own life than die from road accidents or skin cancer. Suicide is complex and we do not claim to be able to prevent it. What we do believe however, is that the more we embed messages about emotional health in young children in a variety of contexts, the more chance we have of positive mental health outcomes now and later in life.
Grow Your Mind kits are grounded in research from the fields of developmental cognitive neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology (which is the science of human flourishing). We know that poor mental health does not discriminate, that is why a variety of schools and families have already invested in our kits. On top of this, we are dedicated to remaining a social venture and always supporting low socio economic schools and their families wherever possible.
We are proud to be a certified B Corp, which means we undertook a rigorous process to be recognised as a benefit coporation. To achieve this certification Grow Your Mind had to prove how we benefited the community, the environment and our workers. Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by governments and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment and stronger communities.
We are passionate about reducing our carbon footprint and in minimising the amount of products we put out into the world. We are currently developing a seamless reclamation process for unwanted and worn out resources from our kits. We have also developed an environmental policy to help guide us in choosing ethical products as well as minimise our energy usage. We have also created environmental measures and suggestions for our office to reduce our footprint.
“We have clear messages about taking care of our bodies which is fantastic but we also need clear messages about taking care of our minds”. Alice Co-Founder.
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In October 2017 we ran a crowd funding campaign to launch Grow Your Mind. We were quite overwhelmed by the level of support we received and overjoyed to raise $86,740. This enabled us to finish the design of our kits, begin production of our first edition and give the Grow Your Mind program to 3 low socio economic schools in 2018. We want to thank all our supporters from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible support and amazing start Grow Your Mind has had. We cannot express enough how full of gratitude we are and we will never forget where we started.