10 October is World Mental Health Day 2019, organised by the World Federation for Mental Health. The event aims to help prevent mental and emotional disorders, encourage the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and promote mental health. The theme for 2019 is 'suicide prevention'.
GB will be joining with other national agencies in the UK to prompt a national conversation about what we can do as communities, schools, families and individuals to move from surviving to thriving.
We have a variety of resources available for leaders to share with the young people in and out of GB groups that explore mental health.
Culture Check-Up vlog
For Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, GB England and Wales launched a Culture Check-Up vlog to inspire leaders to continue to engage with the issue of mental health.
The vlog can be viewed here and why not share it with others on your social media and help GB invest in leaders, parents and wider church members?
koko - Resilient
'Resilient' is an award winning film about mental health from 'koko'. The video explores experiences of anxiety, self-harm and depression. Tools like this video are perfect to help communicate difficult and emotional issues with young people and explore coping mechanisms and most importantly, that resilience is key. The video can be found here.
Other topics, such as self-harm, are also covered in koko's videos and explored in the blogs and discussions at thekokostory.com. Why not introduce koko to a young person you know and encourage them to do the same?
GB group programme resources
Lots of the GB holistic programme booklets touch on topics surrounding mental health and help young people explore their emotions in fun and innovative ways. Some of the programme books that include topics surrounding mental health are:
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