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Talk to me

Learn about the importance of good mental wellbeing and raise awareness in the community.
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You will need

  • Activity sheets
Activity one: understand the issue
PDF – 106.4KB
Activity two: plan action
PDF – 118.4KB
Activity three: take action
PDF – 183.7KB
Activity three: take action - Top tips template
PDF – 89.4KB
Activity three: take action - GP letter template
DOCX – 776.2KB
Activity four: learn more
PDF – 81.2KB
Activity five: tell the world
PDF – 97.4KB

Before you begin

  • These five activities help people to complete a community impact project about mental health and wellbeing. Everyone will learn about mental health and who they can talk to, then move on to planning and taking action over six months to raise awareness in the local community.
  • The instructions for each activity (and anything else you need, for example, activity sheets) can be downloaded as separate sheets.
  • If you have a County Media Development Manager, contact them and discuss how they can help you with local media work. Monitor the local news and record any press coverage. If you don’t have a County Media Development Manager, please contact the Scout Media Team on 0845 300 1818 or communications@scouts.org.uk.
  • Consider finding out about local or online support services in case a young person needs to talk to someone about their mental health. Childline offers free and confidential counselling, 24 hours a day. Call 0800 1111 or go online to chat one-to-one with a counsellor at childline.org.uk/get-support.

Understand the issue

Green boxes contain first aid kits for physical health, but what about mental health? In this activity, everyone will chat about feelings and create mental health first aid kits to help them understand their mental wellbeing.

Plan action

This myth-busting activity will help everyone learn more about what GPs do. Afterwards, they’ll decide how to take action to raise awareness and support others in their community.

Take action

Now it’s time for everyone to complete their chosen actions and help raise awareness of mental wellbeing and the importance of asking for help. They can complete their actions over the space of four to six months, and they should each spend at least 12 hours taking action.

Learn and do more

Make postcards to help everyone reflect on what they’ve learned, what they’ve achieved, and what their next steps are.

Tell the world

Finally, everyone should work together to create a display to tell their community about their actions and what they learned. This is a great chance to encourage other people to look after their own mental health.

Reflection

This activity helped everyone learn about their own mental health and who they can talk to before spreading the word and helping their community learn more about mental health. What was everyone’s favourite part of the project? How has completing it impacted on them? What other ways are there to create positive change for mental health? Everyone should be proud of making a big impact on their community over the last six months.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. 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.

Scissors

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

Phones and cameras

Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.