Wednesday 21st June was Stand up to Bullying Day, and to mark HeadStart's support for the day, Sam Gregory and Hansa Clay from the HeadStart Young Person Engagement Team (HYPE), worked with a group of HeadStarters at Moreton Community School to design posters that explored the effects of bullying, and what individuals, schools and families can do to improve the situation.
As part of the interview process to become a HeadStart Ambassadors, applicants aged 16 to 25 were asked to create a piece of media - a poster, presentation, piece of artwork, or poetry - that communicates their vision of what mental health means to them. We've previously presented some digital art from HeadStart Ambassador Dan:
Here is some of the other work from other HeadStart Ambassadors
Some graphic design:
Two applicants wrote poems, including this very powerful piece from Megan:
... and this poem from Hannah, that we shared previously.
It's fantastic to be working alongside such talented young people as they support younger peers and the professionals of HeadStart.
The HeadStart team spent the day yesterday talking to the public about HeadStart in a popup shop in The Wulfrun Centre.
We asked visitors to write pledges of support for Mental Health Awareness, and, for those who were happy to do so, to record their message or pledge.
Here are the messages and pledges that we recorded:
Thanks to everyone who came along to see us. The team will also be at the Moreton Community Hub Event tomorrow - we'd love to see you there.
HeadStart partner Moreton School has established a new Community Hub on their site which will act as a community base to support the needs of parents and families in the Bushbury, Low Hill and Scotlands area of the city. Local voluntary sector organisations can use the new space as a free base for regular activities, discussion groups, or therapy interventions. Wolverhampton College will use the hub to provide courses. The Strengthening Families Hub will offer parenting classes and Early Help Therapy, and Bushbury Hill Primary are providing a stay & play worker for a session per week. The hub will also host coffee mornings and even a slimming club! It will become a wonderful resource for the surrounding area.
On Saturday 13th May, between 10am and 1pm, Moreton are hosting an event to launch the new hub, and HeadStart Staff will be ready and waiting at our stand to speak to you, and to listen to your experiences of mental health, emotional well-being, or of supporting the young people in your life. We’ll also share information on future HeadStart opportunities for young people, parents and families. Please visit our stand, and maybe even record a quick audio message for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017!
The launch event will also include a performance of ‘Head in the Right Direction’, a theatre show, aimed at parents and carers, which shares the objectives of HeadStart through a mix of drama, dance, and role play. The performance will begin at 11am, so please come along! More details of the show can be found here:
We hope you can come along tomorrow, and don’t forget to drop by and say hello to the HeadStart team.
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.