The GRIT Programme


The GRIT programme is a unique approach to tackling mental health issues in teenagers suffering from low self esteem, anxiety and low mood which manifests itself in harmful behaviour. Each programme takes 12 teenagers through 12 weeks. The activities and therapies are designed to promote resilience by building confidence, self-esteem, proving social support and giving a sense of purpose.

The first six weeks involves a structured programme which the teenager must commit to.  They will be assigned a mentor who is there as a point of contact and to meet when needed. The first six weeks comprises:

  • Introduction to the programme, the activities and meeting the mentors. Each teen will be assigned a mentor who will act as a point of contact throughout the programme.

  • Weekly group non contact boxing sessions at Elite Gym Hitchin.

  • Weekly group yoga sessions based at The Yoga Shed, Hitchin.

  • 2 sessions of group based nutritional therapy with Cookery Eatery.

  • Individualised therapy – the most important factor in determining the success of therapy is being able to form a rapport with the therapist. If a teen is assigned to someone this may not be the case. We therefore aim to empower the teen to engage with a therapist in a form of therapy that they feel comfortable with in order to get the most out of it.  They then have the option of continuing with this going forwards into Phase 2.

During Phase 2 the teenagers will be able to choose from a variety of activities which they feel they will benefit from to design their own programme up to a certain monetary value. This will include yoga, boxing, cooking, further therapy sessions as received in the first 6 weeks, film making, photography and other activities offered by local businesses. The idea of this is to empower the teenager to take ownership of their own wellbeing and use the opportunities available to them to help them find new ways of dealing with challenging emotions.

After the programme, the teenagers will be encouraged to keep in contact with their mentors and possibly become a mentor themselves to the next group of teenagers going through the programme. They will also have the opportunity to attend an annual ‘survival weekend’ during which they will engage in challenging physical activities and take part in team building exercises.