Mental Health Workshop

There is a real need to bring about high quality education on mental health - look no further!

Mental Health is something which affects nearly everyone, but the lack of education on it in secondary school is worrying.

This workshop provides advice, information and covers real case studies to improve the understanding of mental health so young people can speak more freely about the subject and seek help more easily.

1 in 10 children and young people aged between 5 and 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. That’s 850,000 children and young people across the UK.

About 290,000 young people have an anxiety disorder and around 80,000 children and young people are seriously depressed.

Through our educational workshops, we aim to reduce these numbers and educate around 10,000 young people across the UK on the different types of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and eating disorders; ways to reduce exam stress; confidentiality; healthy lifestyles and the importance of friendships.

Put together not just by health professionals including mental health nurses, GPs and general health advisors but students from schools across the UK. This workshop has truly been shaped by everyone.

Contents of Workshop

Depression

Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression. One in five people become depressed at some point in their lives (Young Minds). These are shocking figures and something we want to change through our workshops.

Throughout the workshop we will be looking at:

  • case studies which focus on depression;
  • the effects it has on someone;
  • how to seek help; and
  • how to get better through self-help tips.
Anxiety

Problems with anxiety are really common. According to the charity Anxiety UK, as many as 1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety problem at some point in their lives. (Young Minds). Again, shocking statistics.

Our workshop focuses on:

  • general anxiety disorders; and
  • panic attack;
  • how to deal with anxiety; including
  • self-help tips; and
  • where to find help and support.

We also cover a case study.

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders most commonly affect girls and women, although it has become more common in boys and men in recent years. On average, people first develop a eating disorder around the age of 16 to 17.

Our workshop focuses on:

  • anorexia nervosa;
  • bulimia nervosa;
  • binge eating disorder;
  • self-help tips; and
  • where to find help and support.
Healthy Lifestyles

Having a healthy lifestyle allows you to have a healthy mind which lessens the chances of developing a mental health condition.

We talk about the importance of going out, meeting people, staying social and how to avoid the social exceptions from fashion magazines to celebrity role models.

Friendships

Highlighting the importance of remaining social and going out with friends is so important. This is something we touch on. We also discuss the importance of having a strong support network i.e. friends and family.

Exam Stress

As our workshops are targeted at GCSE students, we talk about exam stress, coping methods and who to talk to.

Confidentiality

With audience interaction we talk about confidentiality with mental health. We highlight important information that people should know i.e. the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Mental Health Act 1983.

Support

Throughout the workshop, we will be giving out advice on who to contact depending on the mental health condition.

Addtional Information

Location: Greater London
Length: 60 minutes
Group size: 200 max
Age/Year Group: 9, 10, 11
Required equipment: Fully functional projector which connects via VGA or HDMI to our laptop and has a fully functional audio system (speakers) which connects via an Aux cable from our laptop.
School Gender: Suitable for everyone
School Religion: Suitable for everyone