As part of the regular Coventry Boys and Girls Club Wednesday Youth Session, the team organised a range of positive activities for World Mental Health Day.
The aim of the session was to inform and educate our young members about Mental Health Issues, and encourage a wider discussion in relation to their own perceptions of Mental Health.
According to the Mental Health Charity, Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a Mental Health Problem each year. Whilst the overall number of people with Mental Health Problems has not changed significantly in recent years, it appears that people’s ability to cope with this issue is getting worse. The number of people who self-harm, or have suicidal thoughts is on the rise.
We began with a thoughtful discussion on young people’s views of the definitions of Mental Health. They were then asked to consider what Mental Health means to their own lives.
Phobias, Panic Disorders, Anxiety, difficulties around eating, and Depression are just some of the obstacles that young people may face. And, since Mental Health Issues influence all of us, either directly or indirectly, it is so important that everyone feels able to ask for support, or aid each other where needed.
This valuable discussion culminated in a group task, to design posters depicting some of the issues raised.
We were absolutely blown away by the great work of our young members.
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