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Better mental health for all postcards

First suggested by Mind, SAMH, Inspire NI
Create a postcard to share what you’ve learned about mental health and give others some wellbeing tips.

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You’ll need

  • Pens or pencils
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Blank postcards

Before you begin

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helper

Getting ready to run this activity

This is a step four activity, as part of the journey to completing the Community Impact Staged Activity Badge. If you haven't taken part in the activities from the earlier steps, this might not make sense yet. You can find the activities for steps one, two and three on the better mental health for all page.  

Remind yourself of everything people have done for in steps one to three of their Better Mental Health For All Project.

You'll need to ask yourself how did everyone identify the need, plan action, and take action. If you've resources people made, or photos and videos of them taking action, try to bring them to show everyone.

Write down or print out the following questions to ask on six pieces of paper and display them around your meeting space. The questions are:

  1. What theme did we explore?
  2. What did we do?
  3. Why did we do it?
  4. How did it make you feel? What skills did you develop?
  5. How did the project make a difference for people or the environment?
  6. What could we do now? How could we achieve the next stage of our badge?

Running the activity

Remember, remember

  1. Gather everyone together in a circle.
  2. Ask everyone to think about what they have done for, or can remember about, steps one to three of their Better Mental Health For All Project. People could use any resources, photos or videos that have been brought in to help them remember.
  3. In small groups, everyone should move around the room, visiting each of the six questions on pieces of paper. They should think about each question, chat with their team, then write down their ideas. It’s especially important to write down the answers to the question six.
  4. Gather everyone back together in a circle and asking each question in turn and getting everyone should share their ideas.
  5. This is a great chance to congratulate everyone again – take a moment to celebrate successes and people’s hard work.

Make your postcards

  1. Give everyone a blank postcard.
  2. Everyone should decide who they’ll write to – for example, they could choose a friend, family member, neighbour or teacher.
  3. Everyone should draw, craft or write on their postcard.
  4. Some things they could include are:
  • a positive message to make someone people
  • some tips to help support mental wellbeing
  • what they did or do to help their mental wellbeing
  • Mind's 5 ways to wellbeing
  • some facts about mental health that they've learned

Send your postcards

  1. Everyone should work out how they’ll send their postcard – do they need to send it in the post, or can they give it to their person?
  2. You could make lots of postcards and leave them around for people in the community to find.
Logo containing the words Scouts for SDGs. The O in Scouts is made up of 17 coloured segments, representing the 17 goals.

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.

Logo with the number 3 and the words good health and wellbeing, with a zig zag line and a heart underneath.


This activity was all about improving wellbeing. Can people remember Mind’s five ways to wellbeing? Have they put any of them into practice? Was it easy to introduce new things? Have people introduced anything new (like mindfulness) to their group meetings?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Depending on your group, it may be useful to have an adult at each sheet of paper to help people write down their ideas. 

People could also create themed crossword puzzles or bingo cards – these are a great way to engage people in discussions about wellbeing.

People can record their thoughts on the big sheets of paper in whatever way works for them, including drawing and writing ideas down.

Spelling and grammar aren’t the most important thing here – people can always ask for a helping hand if they want one. They could also type a message to print off or send virtually.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

People could also write a note or postcard for their future selves. Give it back to them a few weeks later so they can reflect on how things are going – did they try to make any changes or start anything new? How did it go?

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