Members of the HeadStart team are spending the day meeting the public in a pop-up shop in the Wulfrun Centre, Wolverhampton. People from all over the city have come along to meet us, having heard about us on FaceBook or Twitter, or through HeadStart programmes in schools or the community. Our 'shop' (there's nothing to buy!) contains a wide range of activities, both fun and serious:
- Our pledge wall, which is filling rapidly with mental health pledges from visitors
- A photo booth for visitors to use to capture some fun snaps with friends or family
- Our digital graffiti wall - come along and share messages of support!
- The opportunity to sign up to the HeadStart newsletter - if you haven't already done so, please sign up here!
Most importantly, however, we've been humbled by the number of people who have come along and shared their own experiences of dealing with mental health issues, or of supporting friends and family. We've heard from parents who are desperately struggling to support a child with severe mental health issues, and a new mother battling post-natal depression. A lady who has struggled her whole life with anxiety, and who has just begun a therapeutic course through Healthy Minds to try and help, came to see us, as did parents who shared the challenges of bringing up teenagers in an environment where peer pressures and a lack of facilities can lead to anti-social behaviours.
We've also recorded some audio messages with visitors for Mental Health Awareness Week, such as this:
We've recorded some longer audio interviews too - listen out for those soon!
A huge thank you to everyone who has come along to visit us today. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest from HeadStart.