You will need
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A4 card
- A4 paper
- Sticky notes
- Flipchart (optional)
Before you begin
- You’ll need some chatterboxes for this activity. If you’ve already done ‘Five ways to wellbeing chatterbox’, it’s up to you whether you make new chatterboxes or use the ones you already have. You may want to skip ‘Prepare the chatterboxes’ entirely, and just use the questions from ‘What makes a good chat?’ to guide conversations.
What makes a good chat?
- Everyone should take it in turns to think of questions they could use to start conversations about mental health or wellbeing. They should focus on open questions that get people talking because they can’t be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. For example, they could ask ‘where do you feel happiest?’, ‘who would you talk to if you needed support?’ or ‘how are you feeling today?’.
- Everyone should write a question or two on a sticky note.
- Everyone should stick their sticky notes in the same place, to make a massive cloud of questions.
- Everyone should choose their favourite questions, and think about how they might answer if a friend asked them.
Prepare the chatterboxes
- Everyone should follow the instructions in ‘Five ways to wellbeing chatterbox’ to make a chatterbox.
- Everyone should add the questions from ‘What makes a good chat’ into their chatterboxes.
- The person leading the activity should remind everyone that they only have to share as much as they want to, and what to do if they hear something worrying.
- Everyone should get into pairs and head outside for a walk.
- As they’re walking, everyone should take it in turns to ask and answer questions using their chatterboxes. Both people could answer each question. Everyone should try to ask their partner follow up questions to keep the conversation flowing.
- If there’s time, everyone could switch partners and go for another walk.
Take it to others
- The person leading the activity should explain that now that everyone’s practiced using their chatterboxes to start important conversations, it’s time to share it with their friends and families.
- Before the next meeting, everyone should use their chatterbox to ‘walk and talk’ with other people they know well, for example, a parent or carer, friend, or classmate. They should show the other people how to use the chatterbox, so they can ask questions too – it’s a conversation, not an interview! Most of the time, both people have plenty of great ideas to share.
This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved, here.
This activity was all about communicating. What was it like having a conversation about wellbeing and mental health? If people aren’t used to it, it may have felt a little odd at first. It’s good to talk about these things so everyone can help each other and people don’t feel alone. Did people find it easier to talk or to listen? How else could people communicate about the five ways to wellbeing (and the importance of talking about mental health)? What audiences could they reach?
This activity was also about caring. Everyone has mental health, so the five ways to wellbeing are for everyone (though, of course, everyone will find different things more helpful). Did talking about the five ways to wellbeing with other people help them? Did people have to think about their partner’s feelings during the conversation? How did they show that they were listening and caring? Did anyone learn anything new during this activity? What are people’s favourite ways to boost their wellbeing?
- Hiking and walking
- Road safety
Manage groups carefully when near or on roads. Consider adult supervision and additional equipment (such as lights and high visibility clothing) in your risk assessment.