Are you ready to tear down the taboo around mental health and help boost your own and other people’s wellbeing?
We know that lockdown is tough. Young people are missing school, work, and celebrations, and they’re being separated from loved ones too. Despite this, Scouts have said that they want to take practical, hands on action to create a better tomorrow for everyone. They told us that mental health is more important than ever, but that stigma still gets in the way of talking about it.
That's why we're creating 10,000 Wellbeing Champions: children, young people, and adults who have committed to help tear down the taboo around mental health and do what they can to boost people’s wellbeing.
Anyone can become a Wellbeing Champion, whatever their age and whether they’re part of Scouts or not. Young people can get stuck in by themselves, without any leader support. If you’re under 13, you may need some help from a parent or carer, but the great news is that they can become a Wellbeing Champion too.
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Follow the steps to become a Wellbeing Champion, then get your badge from Scout Store. This isn’t an official qualification or role, but it’s a great starting point and you can use it on application forms to show your knowledge and commitment to helping tear down the taboo surrounding mental health.
Step one: learn
The first step to becoming a Wellbeing Champion is understanding what wellbeing is, why looking after your wellbeing is important, and what sorts of things can affect wellbeing.
Your mental wellbeing is about how you’re feeling right now, and how well you can cope with daily life. Our wellbeing can change from moment to moment, day to day, or month to month. Sometimes it changes because of things that happen to us and sometimes it changes for no reason at all. It can affect the way we feel about ourselves and others, and about the things we face in our lives.
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Step two: take action
Now you’ve learned about the five ways to wellbeing and how to be a good listener, it’s time to use your new skills to have a conversation to help tear down the taboo. You could talk to family, friends, neighbours, or people you know from clubs. You should only ever talk to people you know and feel comfortable chatting to; always follow the guidance below.
Step three: become a Wellbeing Champion
Now you’ve learnt all about wellbeing and taken action to help tear down the taboo, it’s time to become a Wellbeing Champion. Tell us all about your journey to get your certificate, dos and don’ts card (with reminders of what you’ve learned and further support links), and social media graphics (to show the world you’re a Wellbeing Champion, committed to tearing down the taboo on social media).
Take it further: Wellbeing Champions challenges
The Wellbeing Champions challenges help you to explore the five ways to wellbeing, help others, and earn stage one of your The Great Indoors Badge. You can complete the challenges in any way you like; we’ve added some activity ideas that might help, but you don’t have to choose these if you’ve got a different idea.
The challenges have also been mapped to other badges they help you work towards too.
Guidance and further support
Log your action to become a Wellbeing Champion and find out how to get your hands on the badge.
By becoming a Wellbeing Champion, you’ll be working towards Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being.
To find out more, head over to the Scouts for SDGs website.