You will need
- A4 paper
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Blocks, such as Jenga blocks, Lego bricks, milk bottle tops or pieces of paper
- Sticky tack, sticky tape or masking tape
- Stickers (optional)
Before you begin
- Prepare the blocks by writing different feelings on each of them. Try to include a mix of feelings, such as, happy, sad, upset, angry and so on. You could write directly onto the blocks. Alternatively, you could write on sticky labels and peel and stick them on to the blocks. You could also write the feelings onto paper, cut them out and use sticky tape, masking tape or sticky tack to attach the paper to the blocks.
- Before taking action around mental health, learn about the topic with activities from Mind, as part of A Million Hands.
- You could look out for key dates in the calendar that you could plan your talk around, such as, World Mental Health Day on 10 October or Children's Mental Health Week in the first week of February.
- This might be the first time that a young person has explored the issue of mental health or thought about speaking with someone about this. If a young person shares their own mental health problems, let them know they can talk to you afterwards and that they can get support from Childline (call 0800 1111 or go to childline.org.uk). Remember to follow the ‘Young People First’ code of practice (the Yellow Card) in any conversations, and read our guidance on supporting mental health in Scouts.
Talk about feelings
- The group should get into a circle.
- The person leading the activity should arrange the blocks in the middle of the circle.
- Everyone should take it in turns to take one block and describe the feeling on it.
- The person leading the activity should remind the group that everybody can experience a whole range of feelings. They’re natural and part of our mental health. However, experiencing some feelings, such as anger or sadness, for too long can mean that someone’s mental wellbeing is low. They should take action to improve it or get support.
- Everyone can share ideas on where to go for support. This could be talking to someone they trust, such as family, friends or a teacher, contacting Childline or speaking to their GP.
- Everyone should take turns to think about how they can create happy feelings, especially when they’re feeling sad, upset or angry.
- Everyone should write down or draw their ideas. Everyone’s ideas will be a bit different and that’s OK.
This activity helped everyone to explore some different feelings and hopefully feel more confident or able to identify and communicate their own feelings. Being comfortable talking about how we feel can improve our wellbeing and make us happier.
It also started everyone thinking about things that improve and support their wellbeing. Did anyone learn something about themselves that they’re comfortable to share? Does anyone want to use their ideas in the future – for example, are there any activities they want to do more of or plan into their lives more regularly?
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.