You will need
- Pens or pencils
- A4 paper
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Everyone should share their ideas.
Contact a mental health charity and make connections
- If you’re in England or Wales, you can find your local Mind on their website. You can also contact Mind.
- If you’re in Northern Ireland, Inspire have a map of services and offices their website. You can also contact Inspire.
- If you’re in Scotland, SAMH have a map of services on their website. You can also contact SAMH.
Young people could ask questions like
- Are there any gaps in mental health support in the local area? What are they?
- Could someone from the organisation come and speak about mental health?
- How can young people support the work the organisation is doing?
- Where can young people find information about services and support?
- What help and support is available for young people?
- What should young people do if they want some help or support?
- How can young people support their friends if they think they may be struggling?
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.
This activity was all about improving wellbeing and helping the local community. What did people find out about their local mental health service? Who does it help and what does it do? Why is it important to have services? How could people support their local service?
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.
- 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.