'Surviving or Thriving?' - HeadStart to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 with school and community events

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 Posts

Next week, 8th - 14th May, is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year is 'Surviving or Thriving?', and explores how we can support people of all ages to thrive, even through difficult or traumatic circumstances:

To share the messages of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 next week, and to spread awareness of the HeadStart programme, the HeadStart teams will be out and about in schools and the community. We'd love to see you at one or more of these events:

Monday 8th May

The HeadStart Young Person Engagement (HYPE) team are at St. Peter's Collegiate School sharing information and advice on a Mental Health awareness stand as part of a week of awareness raising activities throughout the school. In the evening, HYPE are working with the Youth Council through a mental health awareness raising session.

Meanwhile, the Schools' Team are launching the HeadStart mascot competition in primary schools. Children in the schools are designing a new mascot for HeadStart work in primary. The competition will run all week; the winning entry will be turned into a real soft toy, and will feature on HeadStart resources aimed at primary education.

Tuesday 9th May

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay is visiting HeadStart to discuss the programme and to meet some of our newly appointed HeadStart Ambassadors! Ambassadors are 16-25 year old young people who work alongside HeadStart staff to mentor and support young people in the HeadStart target age range.

Look out for photos and interviews from the visit.

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Wednesday 10th May

The HYPE team are working in Moreton Community School during the day, working with students to design an awareness-raising display board to put up in a key location in the school.

In the evening, HYPE will be working with our Street HeadStarters in Bilston on a range of mental health awareness raising activities and initiatives.

Thursday 11th May

From 10am until 3pm, HeadStart staff are raising awareness in the public at our pop-up stand in the Wulfrun Centre, Wolverhampton.

Parents and members of the community are invited to come along and meet us to find out how HeadStart will be working within your communities. We'll be recording vox pops with visitors with their thoughts on mental health, well-being and resilience.

Friday 10th May

The week of activities at St. Peter's comes to a close for the HYPE Team, with a celebration event in the school.

Meanwhile, for the Schools' team, the 'Design a Mascot competition' is coming to a close, and the first national school evaluation surveys are beginning in secondary schools. These are an essential part of the monitoring and evaluation of impact for HeadStart Wolverhampton.

Saturday 11th May

Moreton School is hosting a community family show day from 10am until 2pm, and HeadStart staff will be there promoting mental health awareness and HeadStart programmes.

The family show day also includes a showing of 'Head in the Right Direction', a theatre performance by Gazebo Theatre and Central Youth Theatre. The show explores the themes and objectives of HeadStart through drama, role play and dance, and is free to attend.

Read more about the show here:

In addition to the HeadStart participation, there will be a buffet, and displays / stands from a range of organisations who will operating out of the new Community Hub operating from the Moreton School site.

    Throughout the week, look out for news, interviews and videos from all of the events. We'd love to see you at one of more of the events.