The founder of Help Me, I’m Fine, which is Thrive’s chosen charity, has been awarded a Points of Light Award by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Helen Cousin set up the charity to help promote children’s mental health after her 16-year-old daughter, Maisie, took her own life in 2017.
Since then she has published a book called The Knot, to help primary school children understand how to cope with their feelings, with all profits going back into the charity.
In a personal letter to Helen, Mr Johnson said: “I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of your strength after losing your daughter, Maisie, and how through ‘Help Me, I’m Fine’, you are supporting the emotional health of children in primary schools.”
Thrive has been fundraising for Help Me, I’m Fine with events including raffles, bake sales and donations in lieu of Christmas cards. Donations are being used to buy colourful plants and flowers for a sensory garden that Help Me, I’m Fine has been creating at Misterton Primary School, in Nottinghamshire, ahead of its opening on April 22.
Helen said: “Thanks to the support of my family, friends and our amazing community, I have been able to turn our tragedy into something that will hopefully encourage others to speak out about their mental health.”
She praised the way that the Thrive Approach ® gives children the tools they need to help deal with life’s ups and downs.
The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community. Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award. First established in America by President George Bush in 1990, the scheme was launched in the UK in 2014.