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People in Leeds are coming together to change how we think and act about mental health

Leeds is one of the first Time to Change hubs in England, a new partnership of local organisations and mental health champions committed to improving local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems.

Time to Change Leeds is led by the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board and is a partnership between Space2,  Leeds City Council,  Leeds Mind (and Mindful Employer), Touchstone and West Yorkshire Police, as well as local Time to Change champions and regional co-ordinators.

Champions

The Time to Change Leeds Hub believe that people with their own experience of mental health problems (also known as lived experience) should be leading activity around combating stigma and discrimination experienced by those with mental health problems.

If you are passionate about ending mental health stigma, and would like to be involved in the Hub, you can find out more and sign up to be a Champion at www.time-to-change.org.uk/champions

Champions Fund

World Mental Health Day  the Champions Fund was launched. Champions in Leeds will be able to apply for up to £500 to fund anti-stigma activities in their own communities using social contact. Find out what social contact is?.

Want to apply for the Champion Fund but need some help with ideas?

Find more information and details on how to apply for the Champions Fund or contact paulb@space2.org.uk

 

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Open Minds Project

Promoting knowledge and openness about mental health in schools and youth groups through campaigns co-produced by young people.

1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem and 90% of those young people will experience stigma and discrimination, either indirectly or through bullying.  Stigma stops young people seeking help; it stops them living normal lives, and sometimes it makes them give up on their hopes and dreams.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  We want young people who experience any mental health problems to receive support and understanding from those around them. We want all young people to grow up knowing that it’s ok to talk about mental health.

Participation in the Open Minds Project will give you a variety of options (depending on availability):

·        Training for a group of young people to become mental health champions including a introductory workshop  focusing on mental health awareness, stigma and campaigning

·        Collaboration with a local artist to design and produce  creative campaign resources

·        Access to a range of resources for use in assemblies, PSHE lessons etc.

·        Input and support from volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems and campaigning

·        Support in using digital and offline versions of ‘MindMaze’ – a game designed and developed by young people to encourage open conversation about mental health.

What is the expected commitment from school or youth setting?

·        A nominated lead member of staff to liaise with the Open Minds project Manager to co-ordinate and support activity

·        Recruitment and co-ordination of a group of young people (5 – 15) to become mental health ambassadors and develop the campaign. We believe it works best with Year 9 and above

·        Support in gaining evaluation and feedback from a range of young people and staff.

Please contact nicolae@space2.org.uk for more details.

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Open Minds Project

Promoting knowledge and openness about mental health in schools and youth groups through campaigns co-produced by young people on schools and youth settings.

1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem and 90% of those young people will experience stigma and discrimination, either indirectly or through bullying.  Stigma stops young people seeking help; it stops them living normal lives, and sometimes it makes them give up on their hopes and dreams.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  We want young people who experience any mental health problems to receive support and understanding from those around them. We want all young people to grow up knowing that it’s ok to talk about mental health.

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The Open Minds Project trains young people to become mental health champions. The project will include workshops focusing on mental health awareness, stigma and campaigning with input and support from volunteers who have lived experience of mental health problems and campaigning. The group would also be supported in using digital and offline versions of ‘MindMaze’ – a game designed and developed by young people to encourage open conversation about mental health.

The young people can work with a local artist to produce a creative campaign resource to promote the key messages of the project. Here are a few examples of the work that has been co created.

Allerton Grange School created an installation based on the theme of islands sited in a popular area of school to create a relaxed environment for conversations about mental health.

Abbey Grange planned and delivered assemblies for the whole school including personal testimonies from students who had volunteered to share their experience of health problems.

Carr Manor created a drama piece that focused on the impact of stigmatising language and the benefits of holding simple, relaxed conversations about mental health which was performed to the whole school.

Middleton Youth Service (South Leeds Youth Hub) commissioned flyers to distribute amongst their peers using photographs they created on the theme of listening and being a good friend.

If you would like more information or to book the Open Minds Project to be delivered in your school or youth setting please contact nicolae@space2.org.uk or paulb@space2.org.uk

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Raise Your Voice

A creative arts group to help us improve our mental health and wellbeing for 16-25 year olds living in North Leeds

What is it: A supportive group using activities including creative writing to explore issues around mental health.

Where: Archway Resource Centre, Roundhay Road

When: Starts 2nd March 3-5pm for 12 weeks

For more information: Speak to Sally Hoy 07391400316 or email sally.hoy@gipsil.org.uk

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‘Hope’ – A New Animated Film, Aimed at Raising Awareness of Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Young People

A new animated film, aimed at raising awareness of emotional health and wellbeing in young people, is touring primary and secondary schools across Leeds.

The film project is being led by Shantona Women’s Centre in Leeds which works to promote better health within the community, in partnership with Space2 and Allerton Grange Secondary School.

The animation, entitled ‘Hope’, has been created by a group of 20 Year 8 girls from Allerton Grange and explores issues around bullying, peer pressure, domestic violence, identity, poor self image and mental health. This animation is not based on the story tellers experience.

Staff from Space2 and  Shantona  have been working with the girls running a series of workshops to generate ideas and a script for the film, which will be shown in schools across and community settings in the city.

The girls were given the time and space to develop their ideas and build trust.  All the members of the group were invited to get involved in the creation of the animation,  writing the script and creating the images  as part of the process.  They have also learned how to design and market a poster for the film and created flyers to distribute around Leeds schools and communities

Project Manager, Jelena Zindovic, from Space2 said:

“The girls have created a truly unique animation with a really powerful message. This project has helped them to build their confidence, developed their leadership skills and explore their creative abilities.”

In addition the young women have written poems, with the support of performance poet Michelle Scally Clarke.

Emma Tregidden, Creative Director of Space2, said:

“We are so excited that the film will be getting a public launch and will be seen in schools across Leeds. This project will help young people and the community understand emotional health and wellbeing issues better and increase their understanding of what makes a healthy relationship.”

The animated film is just part of a larger project called ‘Asroy’ (which means safe haven) run by Shantona Women’s Centre in partnership with Space2.

The Chief Executive of Shatona,  Nahid Rasool, said:

“We want to help young people take control of their lives, challenge negative behaviour and give them the tools and techniques to do so. Everything we do is about education and awareness so that we can support young people to live independently and safely.”

The film has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is touring to Leeds schools with an in-depth resource pack for teachers.

You can book free inset training and a workshop for your school or community group.

The free package offer includes:

• Inset training for staff and/or shorter meetings with staff
• Animation viewing , domestic abuse, emotional health and wellbeing workshop
• Resource pack

For more information contact Shantona Women’s Centre on:
0113 249 7120
or email Kat on:
Katayoun@shantona.co.uk

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Raising Awareness about the Overuse of Antibiotics

In the follow up to ‘World Antibiotics Awareness Week’ (14-20 November), a new animated film, aimed at raising awareness of the overuse of antibiotics is about to be made available to primary and secondary schools across Leeds.

The film, called ‘Antibiotics’ has been created by Year 7 pupils at the David Young Community Academy in Leeds with the support of former Chumbawamba musician, Boff Whalley and Jelena Zindovic.

Space2 has been working with pupils from Years 7 and 8 to get a greater understanding of their views on antibiotics, before delivering workshops where the children helped to produce lyrics for a song to accompany the animation.

The pupils were given the time and space to develop their ideas and come up with voiceovers for the film, as well as working alongside Boff to write lyrics which would engage with their own age group.

They also helped to create a radio jingle, using aspects of the song they had written, and a postcard to promote the film which is being sent out to schools and used on Space2 Leeds You-Tube channel.

Project Manager, Jelena Zindovic, from Space2 said:

“The pupils have approached a serious subject matter in a really creative way.

“They’ve made a fantastic animation and jingle which really helps to get the message across about the overuse of antibiotics.”

Resistance to antibiotics is becoming a widespread problem and ‘Antibiotics’ encourages people to stop and think before running to their GP with a simple cold or sore throat.

Emma Tregidden, Creative Director of Space2, said:

“This project has helped the children to use their own creativity to put out an important public health message, as well as building their confidence, and developing their creative skills.

“It will help other young people to understand the issues around the overuse of antibiotics.”

The film has been funded by Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will be touring to Leeds schools throughout the autumn.

To book the film for your school or your community group, contact Gillian Chapman from Leeds North CCG  on gillian.chapman4@nhs.net

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Drama Raising Awareness Of Self-Harming In Young People In Leeds High Schools

Fix This is a play that raises awareness about self-harming behaviours. It is available free to Leeds high schools, along with a resource pack for teachers.

At a time when research indicates that up to one in ten young people in the UK engage in self-harming behaviours, Fix This is on tour for the third time in Autumn 2016. The popularity of the production reflects the increasing demand for work that supports young people’s mental health and the evident impact of the project previously.

Space2 commissioned local playwright Emma Adams to create this one-woman show suitable for Years 9 – 11, their teachers, parents and carers.  The performance includes a workshop and resource pack which offers guidance to adults who come into contact with young people who they suspect are self-harming.

Emma researched the play by talking to a variety of young people at Brigshaw High School, ‘Shout Out’, a young people’s advisory group on mental health, and The Market Place, a drop-in centre in Leeds with a focus on mental health and well-being.  She also approached parents, living with teenagers who self-harm, to share their experiences.

The play is performed by actor Nicola Etoria and directed by Sarah Applewhite, with production design by Barney George.

A schools resource pack containing the script, information on self-harming behaviours, lesson plan ideas and ways to use the material produced by Sarah Spanton is available to all schools who book a Fix This performance.
Fix This will be touring Leeds High Schools 31 October – 2 December 2016 and is FREE to Leeds High Schools thanks to funding from Leeds CCGs.

Click on the link for details on how to book Fix This for your school  

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“We definitely wish to book you again for three performances as we have the last two years. We really value it and believe it is one of the most impactful sessions that we have in our PSHCE programme”.  Teacher, Abbey Grange School

 Statistics about mental health in young people including self-harming taken from Young Minds 

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/training_services/policy/mental_health_statistics

  • 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class
  • There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%
  • More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time
  • Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression
  • The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s

 

 Where to get help in Leeds: 

  • A website designed with and for young people is now available for Leeds young people https://www.mindmate.org.uk
  • You can get help through your school, your GP (who can support for issues that any issues that are urgent but do not require emergency attention such as an infection) and your school nurse.
  • The Market Place – offers support, information and counselling for young people aged 13-25 in Leeds. Tel 0113 2461659 or email  admin@themarketplaceleeds.org.uk
  • Archway – offers counselling, welfare advice and housing support to young people aged 16 – 25 from across Leeds Tel: 0113 383 3920
  • Platform Leeds Young Persons Drugs Web Portal if the young person is using alcohol or drugs. Tel: 0113 263 7035
  • Shout Out Leeds – a collective of young people set up by Time to Change to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people E:  emmaj@space2.org.uk
  • Hospital Emergency Department – If someone has seriously injured themselves or taken an overdose it is important that they get immediate medical treatment from the Emergency Department (also known as A&E).

 

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Oral Health Project

It has been identified that young people in Leeds have higher rates than average (for England) of tooth decay, and that children with poor oral health, experience pain, loss of appetite, low self-esteem and may be unable to attend school. This issue can continue into adulthood, yet is entirely preventable for most.

Oral Health Project is aimed at 10-13 year old children and is delivered by Space2 in partnership with Carr Manor Community School and funded by Leeds City Council Public Health.

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Space2’s Free Oral Health workshop includes a fun animation and accompanying sound-track produced by artist Jelena Zindovic and musician Boff Whalley in collaboration with Carr Manor Community School students. It also comes with an informative Resource Pack to support teachers and community workers to help young people understand:

  •      That oral health is integral to general health and is essential for well-being and a good quality of life.
  •      That young people are responsible for their oral health.
  •      The consequences of not looking after your teeth and gums.
  •       How to look after your teeth and have good oral hygiene.

Oral Health workshop includes:

  • Oral Health Animation viewing
  • Dental Health activity and discussion
  • Free goody bag for your pupils
  • Resource pack for the teachers to use in PHCE and any othe relevant lessons. 

Please contact Jelena on jelenaz@space2.org.uk for more information.

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