Beyond Words - writing for wellbeing

What's your 2020 been like? Put your feelings into words

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Beyond Words - writing for wellbeing

Writing has so many benefits for our wellbeing and mental health. And in these extraordinary times, the creative process can help us make sense of how we feel.  

To mark World Mental Health Day this year, the Bupa Foundation in partnership with Cheltenham FestivalsNational Literacy Trust and Mind launched Beyond Words – a national creative writing project inviting all children and schools to put into words their feelings about a year like no other.

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The project has now closed. You can view some of the creative work we received from schools and young people on our online gallery.

We worked with award-winning poets and authors to produce tutorials supporting pupils to write a piece on the theme of ‘My 2020’. You can find inspiration from them on our resource pages below.

About Beyond Words

In partnership with Cheltenham FestivalsNational Literacy Trust and Mind, the Bupa Foundation invited all schools and young people to join Beyond Words, a national creative project where students put into words their feelings about a year like no other. 

The project has now closed. In recognition of the extraordinary submissions the Bupa Foundation has donated a total of £75,000 to our charity partners, split between Cheltenham FestivalsNational Literacy Trust and Mind to support their young people’s mental wellbeing programmes.

A selection of pieces will be published in a digital anthology in 2021 to celebrate outstanding contributions from children and schools.

Beyond Words is a year-round creative writing project by Cheltenham Festivals as part of its education strategy. It’s designed to increase the wellbeing, confidence and literacy of 14-16 year olds who are too physically or mentally unwell to attend school.

Free mental health resources

We've put together a selection of free resources from some of our friends and partners to help support the mental wellbeing of children and young people, and the people who support them.

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