We provide interactive mental health awareness workshops for young people aged 9 - 19 years in schools and colleges.
Why should your school take part?
- 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health issue at any one time, that’s around 3 in every class. (Office of National Statistics)
- A further 15% have less severe problems that put them at risk of developing mental health problems in the future. (Centre for Mental Health)
- Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. (National Institute for Mental Health)
Mental Health Workshops
Our mental health workshops include a range of interactive activities to raise awareness of mental health along with information on specific mental health issues using young person focused case studies. Workshops are tailored around the needs of your school and can be general mental health awareness workshops or be focused on a specific issue e.g. self-harm.
Our workshops aim to:
- Increase young people’s understanding of mental health and some of the different mental health issues
- Reduce the stigma attached to mental health amongst young people. Make them more comfortable to talk about their own mental health.
- Support young people in managing their own stress levels and building resiliency skills
- Give young people the knowledge of where to seek help should they or someone they know need it
Following one of our workshops attended by 33 young people, we found that:
- 91% of the attendees said that they could talk more openly about mental health after the workshop.
- 97% of participants agreed that there should be more education regarding mental health
- 96% said that mental health should be taught in schools
- 76% said that they had never been taught about mental health in school.
In association with WATS Mental Health? a project set up in 2011 to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health amongst young people.