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Local Business Supports Children’s Mental Health Nationwide

Nottingham-based business, Be Your Best Version, is making a big impact in managing mental health by helping children across the country overcome anxiety caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The business, which helps professionals reach their full potential, develop leadership skills and increase self-confidence, has created a free 16-page guide aimed at children aged 9 years to teenagers. The guide is now being used by primary and secondary schools across the East Midlands as well as NHS providers, ambulance services, police forces and national retailers across the country.

The current loss of control and routine being experienced by families is causing anxiety for many children and teenagers.  After hearing that some children of key workers are completely overcome by anxiety, the owner of Be Your Best Version, Certified Professional Coach Sophie Wragg, knew she could use her experience to help these children and their families.

Sophie’s work in personal and business coaching over the years has often involved helping professionals to manage their stress, anxiety and negative thinking, and the escalating coronavirus made her realise she can help others too.

Schools across the East Midlands region are already sharing the guide with their students and some are also planning to incorporate it into mental health awareness week activities and include extracts in their newsletters.

Sophie said:

“It is upsetting to hear how much some children are struggling with anxiety and I want to do something to help.  My business focuses on helping people so I have to do something.

“With no return to school or socialising on the horizon for the majority of children, managing young people’s mental health and anxiety is very much an ongoing priority and increasing concern.

“I want to try and take the some of the pressure off these families and help children learn to manage their anxiety. The guide seems the perfect way to share the information and exercises quickly, easily and for free.

“The feedback has been overwhelming! I’ve received so many positive comments and it has been great to hear the different ways the guide will be used. I never thought it would be used nationally, I’m so pleased that it can help so many children and their families.”


‘Beating Your Worries – A Guide to Overcoming Anxiety’ is available to download free of charge at www.beyourbestversion.co.uk/resources