Brake Backs Children’s Mental Health Bootcamp

Local MP Tom Brake met with the directors of the Bootcamp Squad to discuss their mental health bootcamp, the Butterfly Programme, and how to increase its reach in the UK.


Nicole Antoniou and Michael Holding started the Bootcamp Squad to tackle mental and physical health issues in both children and adults.

For the past four years, the Butterfly Programme has been delivered to 4-16 year-olds across 22 schools in Essex to empower children to take on difficult situations, to increase their self-confidence and to promote their emotional and physical wellbeing.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake said:

"The Butterfly Programme is a fantastic tool to instil confidence and strength in young people. This empowering workshop encourages children to be the best version of themselves, whatever they look like and take control of their own choices, actions, reactions and feelings.

"I particularly like that their workshops include a fitness workout to show how physical wellbeing impacts mental wellbeing.

"The feedback about the Butterfly Programme is reassuring. I am helping them to connect with the leading mental health representative from the Department of Education so that hopefully more students across the UK, including Sutton, can benefit from the bootcamp’s mental and physical health boost."

Read more about the programme at

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