Charities collaborate on film to help children’s mental health

Reuben’s Retreat and Rose’s Way Foundation have helped to create an animated film which was launched for World Mental Health Day.

The charities, both set up by travel industry figures, have collaborated on the project run by The Worry Wizard, a registered psychotherapist, and funded by the Cheshire Community Foundation.

The film, Together Not Alone, was released for World Mental Health Day on October 10.

It aims to help adults support children dealing with grief and loss and to help children to navigate their feelings and worries. The film has original music by English singer songwriter Amy Wadge and is supported by Young Storyhouse, a collective of groups for young people.

The Worry Wizard has also created a toolkit to go with the film, which includes activities to draw out the key themes to explore the story and help to nurture the emotional connection with children.

Former P&O Cruises regional sales and engagement manager Andrew Jeans and his wife Catherine founded Rose’s Way Foundation after they lost their baby daughter Rose last year to an aggressive cancer. Reuben’s Retreat was founded by Nicola Graham, ex-Red Sea Holidays, after she and husband Mike, former head of global sales (promotions) at Travel Counsellors, lost their son Reuben in 2012 after he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour.

Pictured left to right, are: Andrew and Catherine Jeans, of Rose’s Way Foundation; Nicola Graham, of Reuben’s Retreat; and Amy Smythe, of The Worry Wizard.

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