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World Mental Health Day 2018: Wednesday 10th October.
”Young people and mental health in a changing world”

World Mental Health Day Poetry and Performance with Maurice Malcolm and the HeadStart Young Person Engagement Team

During the week before World Mental Health Day on October 10th, young people from four primary schools in Wolverhampton are working alongside local poet and performer Maurice Malcolm, and members of the HeadStart Young Person Engagement and Schools teams, to write, plan, rehearse and perform poems to music. Each poem is based on a different theme relating to mental health and resilience in young people:

  • Confidence, resilience and the importance of ‘bouncing back’

  • Peer pressure

  • The power of good relationships and of supporting peers

  • Respect online

The World Mental Health Day song
from Gazebo Theatre

Separately, the team at Gazebo Theatre have been working with young people who are participating in their community ‘Place to Be Me’ programme to write and record a song for World Mental Health Day! It’s called ‘Clap Your Hands!’ and the lyrics and performance video are below.

We hope you enjoy watching, and please don’t forget to let us know what you think on Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram and YouTube.

If you’re tweeting your support for World Mental Health Day, use the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay.

Highlights videos

World Mental Health Day poetry
project highlights

“Clap Your Hands!” The World Mental Health Day song with Gazebo Theatre


Poetry Performances

Parkfield Primary School: ‘Confidence’

Long Knowle Primary School: ‘Peer Pressure’

Loxdale Primary School: ‘Relationships’

Bushbury Hill Primary School: ‘Respect Online’


Poetry project galleries

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Parkfield Primary School

Long Knowle Primary School

Bushbury Hill Primary School


The World Mental Health Day song from the young people of Gazebo Theatre: "Clap Your Hands - A Place To Be Me”

Sing along! ‘Clap Your Hand - A Place to Be’ Lyrics!

Verse

I was feeling broken
I was feeling low
Didn’t know where to go
Couldn’t open my eyes and look around
When all around me, was pulling me down

I was drowning in sorrow, consumed by pain
Spinning round and around again.
I’m crying for someone to set me free
I need a place to be me

Chorus

So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to understand
So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to hold your hands

Verse

It gave me confidence and made me see
That there is hope in the world for me
I’m never alone
and now I know
There is a place to go.

Chorus

So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to understand
So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to hold your hands

Bridge

Now
I can feel free
Now
I can be me

Chorus

So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to understand
So clap your hands
Clap your hands
HeadStart are here to hold your hands


Browse selected resources for World Mental Health Day on the HeadStart Support and Guidance site

We’ve collected a range of resources, including many created by HeadStart itself, onto a special page on the HeadStart Support and Guidance site: