Alumna Sallyann Keizer partners to launch the Now and Beyond Festival for Mental Health Week | St Helen's
Alumna Sallyann Keizer partners to launch the Now and Beyond Festival for Mental Health Week

Alumna Sallyann Keizer [Class of 1988], founder of BAFTA winning Sixth Sense Media, is passionate about mental health, and founded BOW-WOWZA to support this great cause. Content is aimed at children and fronted by a comic group of talking dogs who dispense proven good habits to cultivate resilience and a positive mindset.

Now Sixth Sense’s non-profit venture, is partnering with two incredible mental health charities for the NOW AND BEYOND FESTIVAL ON INSIDE OUT DAY. This is the UK’s inaugural mental health and wellbeing festival for school-age children, and is taking place during Children’s Mental Health Week on Wednesday 3 February.

The festival will unite over 1,000 schools, hundreds of local wellbeing providers and nationally renowned experts and consultants. Students and teachers will be offered special lesson resources created for the event, and can join live-streamed webinars featuring presenter and advocate Katie Piper, BBC Radio 1 star Dr Radha Modgil and rapper and activist Shocka, as well as CBeebies’ Rebecca Keatley. There will be special teacher-focused sessions delivered by organisations such as the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Place2Be.

The vision for the event however, is so much more than the day itself. As well as the live-streamed sessions, schools have been partnered with local providers, who will deliver personalised sessions on mindfulness, psychology, yoga, music, play and much more. The hope is that this will lead to a long-standing partnership between the schools and organisations – delivering long-term, effective and transformative benefits to children’s (and teachers’) mental health.