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Better mental health for all postcards

Create a postcard to share what you’ve learned about mental health and give others some wellbeing tips.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

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

Before you begin

  • 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 their project: how did they identify the need, plan action, and take action?
  • If you have resources people made, or photos and videos of them taking action, bring them to show everyone.
  • Write the Questions to ask on six pieces of paper and display them around your meeting space.

Remember, remember

  1. The person leading the activity should help everyone remember the main details about their project so far. They should use any resources, photos, or videos to help jog people’s memories.
  2. Everyone should move around the room, visiting each of the six pieces of paper. They should think about each question, chat with their friends, then jot down their ideas.
  1. Everyone should share their ideas.

Make your postcards

  1. The person leading the activity should give everyone a blank postcard.
  2. Everyone should decide who they’ll write to – they could choose a friend, family member, or teacher, for example.
  3. Everyone should write on their postcard. They should include what they’ve learned about mental health, one thing they’re going to do as a result of what they’ve learned (for example, using an idea from the five ways to wellbeing), and some wellbeing-boosting suggestions the person they’re writing to could try.
  4. 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?

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.

Reflection

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?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.