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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.